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Malaysian 2023-2024 Islamic Public Holidays Announced

Source: Jabatan Kemajuan Islam Malaysia (Jakim)
Posted: Saturday, March 26, 2022

Malaysia's governmental Department of Islamic Development Malaysia (Jabatan Kemajuan Islam Malaysia, aka. JAKIM) has published its annual Islamic calendar of public holidays in Malaysia for the western years 2023 and 2024 corresponding to 1444-1446 AH (Tarikh Penting Dalam Islam Tahun 2023 and Tarikh Penting Dalam Islam Tahun 2024).

As usual (2021-07-19, 2020-01-24, 2018-07-31, 2018-01-09, 2016-10-07, 2015-09-24, 2014-05-24, 2013-12-31, 2012-05-03, 2011-12-08 2010-05-08 and 2009-05-05), the above announcement of the annual Malaysian Islamic calendar for 2023 and 2024, means that, de facto, the dates of the following Muslim public holidays in Malaysia have now been set for 2023 and 2024: 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 (2021-06-15, 2020-06-25, 2019-07-08, 2018-09-01, 2017-08-01, 2016-07-22, 2015-10-19, 2014-08-11, 2013-07-13, 2011-12-08, 2011-08-01, 2010-07-20 and 2009-09-11), this de facto announcement of 2023 and 2024 Muslim public holidays dates should be followed by the full list of 2023 Malaysian public holidays in the summer of 2022, and the full list of 2024 Malaysian public holidays in the summer of 2023.

Note that the aforementioned Islamic calendars for the years 2023 and 2024 match the recently-announced new criteria for determining the hilal at the beginning of the Hijri month, as per the agreement between the Ministers of Brunei Darussalam, Indonesia, Malaysia and Singapore in 2021 (2022-02-23 and 2021-10-22).

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