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Malaysian Calls For Deepavali Public Holiday Extension

Source: Bernama News Agency (Kuala Lumpur)
Posted: Thursday, October 31, 2013

Malaysia's MIC (Malaysian Indian Congress) has once again asked the Malaysian government to extend the duration of the Deepavali public holiday for 2 days.

The aforementioned call, by MIC President Datuk Seri G. Palanivel, echoes that made 3 years ago (2010-07-11). Currently, the Muslim and Chinese public holidays of Aidil Fitri and Chinese New Year, are observed over a 2-day public holidays period.

As we mentioned in our 2010 post, one advantage of a 2-day Deepavali public holiday would be to cover the date of the Diwali holiday, observed by Northern Indians (a very small minority of Indians in Malaysia), and which occurs the day after Deepavali in about half the years.

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