Deepavali in Malaysia in 2024

  How long until Deepavali?
  Dates of Deepavali in Malaysia
2025 Oct 21
JohorTue, Oct 21Regional Holiday
KedahTue, Oct 21Regional Holiday
KelantanTue, Oct 21Regional Holiday
Kuala LumpurTue, Oct 21Regional Holiday
LabuanTue, Oct 21Regional Holiday
MelakaTue, Oct 21Regional Holiday
Negeri SembilanTue, Oct 21Regional Holiday
PahangTue, Oct 21Regional Holiday
PenangTue, Oct 21Regional Holiday
PerakTue, Oct 21Regional Holiday
PerlisTue, Oct 21Regional Holiday
PutrajayaTue, Oct 21Regional Holiday
SabahTue, Oct 21Regional Holiday
SelangorTue, Oct 21Regional Holiday
TerengganuTue, Oct 21Regional Holiday
2024 Oct 31
JohorThu, Oct 31Regional Holiday
KedahThu, Oct 31Regional Holiday
KelantanThu, Oct 31Regional Holiday
Kuala LumpurThu, Oct 31Regional Holiday
LabuanThu, Oct 31Regional Holiday
MelakaThu, Oct 31Regional Holiday
Negeri SembilanThu, Oct 31Regional Holiday
PahangThu, Oct 31Regional Holiday
PenangThu, Oct 31Regional Holiday
PerakThu, Oct 31Regional Holiday
PerlisThu, Oct 31Regional Holiday
PutrajayaThu, Oct 31Regional Holiday
SabahThu, Oct 31Regional Holiday
SelangorThu, Oct 31Regional Holiday
TerengganuThu, Oct 31Regional Holiday
2023 Nov 12, Nov 13
Kuala LumpurMon, Nov 13Regional Holiday (additional day)
LabuanMon, Nov 13Regional Holiday (additional day)
MelakaMon, Nov 13Regional Holiday (additional day)
Negeri SembilanMon, Nov 13Regional Holiday (additional day)
PahangMon, Nov 13Regional Holiday (additional day)
PenangMon, Nov 13Regional Holiday (additional day)
PerakMon, Nov 13Regional Holiday (additional day)
PerlisMon, Nov 13Regional Holiday (additional day)
PutrajayaMon, Nov 13Regional Holiday (additional day)
SabahMon, Nov 13Regional Holiday (additional day)
SelangorMon, Nov 13Regional Holiday (additional day)
JohorSun, Nov 12Regional Holiday
KedahSun, Nov 12Regional Holiday
KelantanSun, Nov 12Regional Holiday
Kuala LumpurSun, Nov 12Regional Holiday
LabuanSun, Nov 12Regional Holiday
MelakaSun, Nov 12Regional Holiday
Negeri SembilanSun, Nov 12Regional Holiday
PahangSun, Nov 12Regional Holiday
PenangSun, Nov 12Regional Holiday
PerakSun, Nov 12Regional Holiday
PerlisSun, Nov 12Regional Holiday
PutrajayaSun, Nov 12Regional Holiday
SabahSun, Nov 12Regional Holiday
SelangorSun, Nov 12Regional Holiday
TerengganuSun, Nov 12Regional Holiday
2022 Oct 24
JohorMon, Oct 24Regional Holiday
KedahMon, Oct 24Regional Holiday
KelantanMon, Oct 24Regional Holiday
Kuala LumpurMon, Oct 24Regional Holiday
LabuanMon, Oct 24Regional Holiday
MelakaMon, Oct 24Regional Holiday
Negeri SembilanMon, Oct 24Regional Holiday
PahangMon, Oct 24Regional Holiday
PenangMon, Oct 24Regional Holiday
PerakMon, Oct 24Regional Holiday
PerlisMon, Oct 24Regional Holiday
PutrajayaMon, Oct 24Regional Holiday
SabahMon, Oct 24Regional Holiday
SelangorMon, Oct 24Regional Holiday
TerengganuMon, Oct 24Regional Holiday
2021 Nov 4
JohorThu, Nov 4Regional Holiday
KedahThu, Nov 4Regional Holiday
KelantanThu, Nov 4Regional Holiday
Kuala LumpurThu, Nov 4Regional Holiday
LabuanThu, Nov 4Regional Holiday
MelakaThu, Nov 4Regional Holiday
Negeri SembilanThu, Nov 4Regional Holiday
PahangThu, Nov 4Regional Holiday
PenangThu, Nov 4Regional Holiday
PerakThu, Nov 4Regional Holiday
PerlisThu, Nov 4Regional Holiday
PutrajayaThu, Nov 4Regional Holiday
SabahThu, Nov 4Regional Holiday
SelangorThu, Nov 4Regional Holiday
TerengganuThu, Nov 4Regional Holiday

Celebrations revolve around the triumph of good over evil, purity over impurity, light over darkness

  Local name
Hari Diwali
  Deepavali in other countries
Deepavali internationally
  Which regions observe Diwali in 2024?
National Holiday Regional Holiday Not a public holiday Govt Holiday

Deepavali in Malaysia

In Malaysia, Diwali is known as Hari Diwali and is celebrated in the month of Aswayuja. It is a federal public holiday across Malaysia with the exception of the region of Sarawak and the Federal Territory of Labuan.

When is Diwali?

The Festival of Lights is known as Deepavali (deep - lamp, vali - array). This is the name of the festival in Southern India and is how the festival is referred to in other Asian countries such as Malaysia and Singapore. In Northern India, it is more commonly known as Diwali, but they are essentially the same celebration.

In these countries and for Hindus around the world, the celebration revolves around the triumph of good over evil, purity over impurity, light over darkness. It is one of the most important Hindu festivals.

Diwali is a five-day festival, starting with Dhanteras, then Hanuman Jayanti and Narak Chaturdashi, followed by Diwali, and then Govardhan Puja and Bhai Dooj celebrations.

Traditions of Diwali

Diwali marks the return of Lord Rama, who was the seventh incarnation of Vishnu, from a fourteen-year exile.

The Festival of Lights takes place on the darkest night (the first night of the new moon) in the month of Kartik in the Hindu calendar.

Across India streets and temples are decorated with spectacular light displays and colourful garlands.

In their homes, people light small oil lamps called diyas. It is believed that deceased relatives come back to visit their families on Earth during this festival and the lights are a way to guide the spirits home. The sound of firecrackers exploding is common as the noise is said to drive away evil spirits.

Over 70% of all firecrackers used during Diwali come from the town of Sivaski in Tamil Nadu.

Families, friends and business associates exchange gifts and sweets, settle old business deals and are encouraged to rid themselves of hate, anger and jealousy.

The festival is a time for rejoicing and renewal.

Diwali holds significance not only in Hinduism but also in Sikhism who celebrate the release of their sixth Guru (literal translation: teacher) Hargobind. To Sikhs, it is known as Bandi Chhor Divas. The Jains celebrate it as the day when Lord Mahaveer, the last Tirthankara, attained Nirvana or Moksha.

The Five Days of Diwali

Diwali is a five-day festival that straddles the new moon. Though widely celebrated across all of India, the days may have different names and have additional meanings in some parts of India, there is enough commonality to briefly describe each of the days:


Dhanteras marks the beginning of the five-day festivities of Diwali.  On this day, it is customary for people to clean their houses, so they are ready to welcome in Lakshmi, the Goddess of Wealth and Prosperity, whose Puja is performed in the evening. This is an auspicious day and a lucky day for buying expensive goods, though it is also a day to consider charity for those less well off. Small clay lamps, called diyas are lit to drive away the shadows of evil spirits.

Naraka Chaturdashi

According to Hindu tradition, the demon Narakasura was killed by Lord Krishna on the second day. Marking the coming end of the year in some regions of India, customs on this day are about cleaning the slate before the start of a new year and getting rid of anything bad. People get up early and wash and put on clean or new clothes. In parts of Southern India, this day is celebrated as the main day of Deepavali.


The third day is celebrated on the new moon in Kartik. In most parts of India, this is the most important day of the festival and is the last day of the year in many regions of India. On this day, Lord Rama rescued his wife, Sita, from the demon Ravana and returned home after a long exile. Candles are lit to celebrate his victory and to light his way home after the battle. In the evening, it may seem like the whole of India is lit by explosions as people set off many fireworks.


The fourth day of Diwali is also the first day of the new year in the Vikram Samvat calendar and may also be known as Pratipada, Govardhan Puja or Annakut. Annakut means 'mountain of food', which is a giveaway that today is all about feasting. Tradition has it that on this day, Lord Krishna lifted Govardhan Hill to give shelter from torrential rains to local villagers. Today, Hindus prepare a great deal of food and take it to the temples to celebrate the beginning of the new year and give thanks to Krishna for his benevolence.

Bhai Bij

Bhaiya Dooj, also known as Bhau Beej, Bhatra Dwitiya, Bhai Dwitiya and Bhathru Dwithiya is the fifth and last day of Diwali festival. This day celebrates the relationship between brother and sister. Read more about Bhai Bij.

Deepavali Traditions in Malaysia

Although Islam is the official religion of Malaysia, the multi-religious society marks the festival as a public holiday. Similar to Singapore, there is a ‘Little India’ area in the capital city Kuala Lumpur where most of the celebrations take place outside the homes of Hindus. Friends and families also get together to pray and offer special menus having Indian snacks and sweets.

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