Malaysian Culture

Dates of Significance

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  • Federal Territory Day (1st of February)
  • Chinese New Year (Varies each year)
  • Labour Day (1st of May)
  • Harvest Festival (30th of May)
  • Yang di-Pertuan Agong’s Birthday (1st Wednesday of June)
  • Penang Governor’s Birthday (2nd Saturday of July)
  • National Day/Hari Kebangsaan (31st of August)
  • Malaysia Day (16th of September)
  • New Year’s Eve (31st of December)


Religious Days

Almost all of the religious dates below follow the lunar calendar. Therefore, their dates on the Gregorian calendar vary from year to year. They happen in the following succession:

  • Thaipusam (Hindu)
  • Easter (Christian)
  • Isra and Mi’raj (Muslim)
  • Wesak Day (Buddhist)
  • Ramadan: Month of Fasting (Muslim)
  • Nuzul Al-Quran: Revelation Day (Muslim)
  • Hari Raya Puasa: End of Ramadan (Muslim)
  • Hari Raya Haji: Feast of Sacrifice (Muslim)
  • Muharram: Islamic New Year (Muslim)
  • Diwali/Deepavali (Hindu)
  • The Prophet Muhammad’s Birthday (Muslim)
  • Christmas (25th of December) (Christian)
Malaysia
  • Population
    138,364
    [2016 census]
  • Languages
    Bahasa Malaysian [official]
    English
    Chinese (Cantonese, Mandarin, Hokkien, Hakka, Hainan, Foochow)
    Tamil
    Telugu
    Iban
    Kadazan
    Other indigenous languages
  • Religions
    Islam [official] (61.3%)
    Buddhism (19.8%)
    Christianity (9.2%)
    Hinduism (6.3%)
    Confucianism, Taoism and other traditional Chinese religions (1.3%)
    Other (0.4%)
    No Religion (0.7%)
  • Ethnicities
    Bumiputera [Malay (50.1%) & Orang Asli/indigenous (11.8%)] (61.5%)
    Chinese (22.6%)
    Indian (6.7%)
    Other (1%)
    Non-citizens (8.2%)
  • English Proficiency
    Well (60.3%)
  • Cultural Dimensions
    Power Distance 100
    Individualism 26
    Masculinity 50
    Uncertainty Avoidance 36
    Long Term Orientation 41
    Indugence 57
  • Australians with Malaysian Ancestry
    33,620
Malaysians in Australia
  • Population
    116,196
  • Average Age
    39
  • Gender
    Males (45.5%)
    Females (54.5%)
  • Religion
    Buddhism (25.2%)
    No Religion (16.3%)
    Catholic Christianity (14.5%)
    Islam (6.2%)
    Other (37.7%)
  • Ancestry
    Chinese (62.1%)
    Malay (13.2%)
    Indian (5.8%)
    English (4.2%)
    Other (14.7%)
  • Languages
    English (32.6%)
    Mandarin (24%)
    Cantonese (23.1%)
    Malay (8.1%)
    Other (12.2%)
  • English Proficiency
    Well (92.5%)
    Not well (6.5%)
  • Diaspora
    Victoria (34.2%)
    New South Wales (23.5%)
    Western Australia (21.5%)
    Queensland (11%)
  • Arrival
    Prior to 2001 (56.3%)
    2001-2006 (16.3%)
    2007-2011 (24.1%)
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