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Diwali/Deepavali in Malaysia

Diwali is also known as Deepavali, Dipavali, Dewali, Deepawali, or the Festival of Lights. It is celebrated in October or November each year. Diwali celebrations can last for about five days.

Is Diwali/Deepavali a Public Holiday?

Diwali/Deepavali is a public holiday in 15 states, where it is a day off for the general population, and schools and most businesses are closed.

Dipa oil lamps are often lit for Diwali celebrations.

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About Diwali/Deepavali

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Diwali/Deepavali Observances

Holiday currently only shown for years 2005–2022.

YearWeekdayDateNameHoliday TypeArea
2005TueNov 1Diwali/DeepavaliCommon local holidayAll except SWK
2006SatOct 21Diwali/DeepavaliCommon local holidayAll except SWK
2007ThuNov 8Diwali/DeepavaliCommon local holidayAll except SWK
2008MonOct 27Diwali/DeepavaliCommon local holidayAll except SWK
2009SatOct 17Diwali/DeepavaliCommon local holidayAll except SWK
2010FriNov 5Diwali/DeepavaliCommon local holidayAll except SWK
2011WedOct 26Diwali/DeepavaliCommon local holidayAll except SWK
2012TueNov 13Diwali/DeepavaliCommon local holidayAll except SWK
2013SatNov 2Diwali/DeepavaliCommon local holidayAll except SWK
2014WedOct 22Diwali/DeepavaliCommon local holidayAll except SWK
2015TueNov 10Diwali/DeepavaliCommon local holidayAll except SWK
2016SatOct 29Diwali/DeepavaliCommon local holidayAll except SWK
2017WedOct 18Diwali/DeepavaliCommon local holidayAll except SWK
2018TueNov 6Diwali/DeepavaliCommon local holidayAll except SWK
2019SunOct 27Diwali/DeepavaliCommon local holidayAll except SWK
2019MonOct 28Diwali/DeepavaliCommon local holidayAll except JHR, KDH, KTN, TRG
2020SatNov 14Diwali/DeepavaliCommon local holidayAll except SWK
2021ThuNov 4Diwali/DeepavaliCommon local holidayAll except SWK
2022MonOct 24Diwali/DeepavaliFederal Public HolidayAll except SWK

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