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Malaysian 2017 Islamic Public Holidays Announced

Source: Jabatan Kemajuan Islam Malaysia (Jakim)
Posted on Thursday, September 24, 2015


Malaysia's governmental Department of Islamic Development Malaysia (Jabatan Kemajuan Islam Malaysia, aka. JAKIM) has published its annual Islamic calendar for the western year 2017 (corresponding to 1438-1439 AH).

As usual (2014-05-24, 2013-12-31, 2012-05-03, 2011-12-08 2010-05-08 and 2009-05-05), the above announcement means that, de facto, the dates of the following Muslim public holidays in Malaysia have now been set for 2017: Maulidur Rasul (The Prophet's Birthday), Israk dan Mikraj (The Prophet's Night Journey), Awal Ramadhan (First of Ramadan), Nuzul Al-Quran (Revelation of the Koran), Hari Raya Puasa (End of Ramadan), Hari Raya Korban (Feast of Sacrifice), and Awal Muharam (Islamic New Year).

Based on past practice (2014-08-11, 2013-07-13, 2011-12-08, 2011-08-01, 2010-07-20 and 2009-09-11), this de facto announcement of 2017 Muslim public holidays dates, and the dates of the other non-Muslim Malaysian public holidays for 2017, are not expected to be officially confirmed until the summer of 2016, and at that time it will be interesting to see if the odd date announced for Awal Muharam 1439 (Islamic New Year 1439) in the aforementioned announcement will be maintained or corrected as happened 2 years ago in the case of the the announced date for the 2014 Deepavali public holiday in Malaysia (2013-12-07 and 2013-07-13).


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