A Year of Holidays

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While in some Asian countries, especially the northern ones, people are known for working long hours and weeks, Asia has way more than a few public holidays. This will affect the work routine as well as the lives of university students.

We have created a list showcasing all of the dates considered public holidays in 2017 in the countries in Asia Exchange currently has partner universities in (South-Korea, Japan, China, Malaysia, Thailand, and Indonesia). Many of these dates are holidays in more than one country, but we will mention just one of the countries for each holiday. If you work as little as possible this year, follow this list and jump from one country to another to get the most out of the public holidays!

Jan 1 New Year’s Day (Indonesia)

Jan 2 New Year’s Holiday (Indonesia)

Jan 3 New Year’s Holiday (Thailand)

Jan 9 Coming of Age Day (Japan)

Jan 12 Mourning in Sarawak (Malaysia)

Jan 14 B.D of Sultan of Negeri Sembilan (Malaysia)

Jan 15 B.D of Sultan of Kedah (Malaysia)

Jan 27 Chinese New Year Eve (China)

Jan 28 Chinese New Year (Most Asian countries)

Jan 29 Chinese New Year Holiday (China, Malaysia..)

Jan 30 Chinese New Year Holiday (China)

Jan 31 Chinese New Year Holiday (China)

Feb 1 Federal Territory Day (Malaysia)

Feb 2 Chinese New Year Holiday (China)

Feb 9 Thaipusam (Malaysia)

Feb 11 Makha Bucha Day (Thailand)

Feb 13 Makha Bucha Day (observed) (Thailand)

Feb 19 Public Holiday, Kelantan (Malaysia)

Mar 1 March 1st Movement (South-Korea)

Mar 4 Public Holiday in Terengganu (Malaysia)

Mar 8 Women’s Day (China)

Mar 20 Vernal Equinox Day (Japan)

Mar 23 B.D. of Sultan of Johor (Malaysia)

Mar 28 Bali Hindu New Year (Indonesia)

Apr 2 Ching Ming Holiday (China)

Apr 3 Ching Ming Holiday (China)

Apr 4 Ching Ming Holiday (China)

Apr 6 Chakri Day (Thailand)

Apr 13 Songkran (Thai New Year) (Thailand)

Apr 14 Good Friday (Indonesia)

Apr 15 Songkran (Thailand)

Apr 16 Easter Sunday (Indonesia)

Apr 19 Voting Day (Indonesia)

Apr 24 Isra Mi-raj (Indonesia)

Apr 29                          Showa Day                                         (Japan)

May 1 Labour Day (Indonesia)

May 3 Constitution Memorial Day (Japan)

May 4 Greenery Day (Japan)

May 5 Children’s Day (Japan)

May 9 Presidental Election Day (South-Korea)

May 10 Visakha Bucha Day (Thailand)

May 11 Waisak Day (Indonesia)

May 12 Royal Ploughing Ceremony (Thailand)

May 25 Ascension Day of Jesus Christ (Indonesia)

May 28 Dragon Boat Festival Holiday (China)

May 29 Dragon Boat Festival Holiday (China)

May 30 Harvest Day (Malaysia)

Jun 1 Pancasila Day (Indonesia)

Jun 6 Memorial Day (South-Korea)

Jun 25 Hari Raya Idul Fitri (Indonesia)

Jun 26 Lebaran Holiday (Indonesia)

Jun 27 Lebaran Holiday (Indonesia)

Jun 28 Lebaran Holiday (Indonesia)

Jun 29 Lebaran Holiday (Indonesia)

Jun 30 Lebaran Holiday (Indonesia)

Jul 8 Asahna Bucha Day (Thailand)

Jul 10 Asahna Bucha Day (observed) (Thailand)

Jul 11 Buddhist Lent (Thailand)

Jul 17 Marine Day (Japan)

Jul 28 H.M. King’s Birthday (Thailand)

Aug 11 Mountain Day (Japan)

Aug 12 Mother’s Day (Thailand)

Aug 14 H.M. Queen’s Birthday (Thailand)

Aug 15 Liberation Day (South-Korea)

Aug 17 Independence Day (Indonesia)

Aug 31 National Day (Malaysia)

Sep 1 Idul Adha (Indonesia)

Sep 16 Malaysia Day (Malaysia)

Sep 18 Respect of the Aged Day (Japan)

Sep 21 Islamic New Year (Indonesia)

Sep 22 Awal Muharram (Indonesia)

Oct 1 National Day (China)

Oct 2 National Day Holiday (China)

Oct 3 National Day Holiday (China)

Oct 4 Mid Autumn Festival (China)

Oct 5 National Day Holiday (China)

Oct 6 National Day Holiday (China)

Oct 9 Health-Sports Day (Japan)

Oct 13 Day of the death of King Bhumimol (Thailand)

Oct 23 Chulalongkorn Day (Thailand)

Oct 26 Royal Cremation / Public Holiday (Thailand)

Oct 28 Chung Yeung Festival (China)

Nov 3 Culture Day (Japan)

Nov 23 Labout Thanksgiving Day (Japan)

Dec 1 Prophet Muhammad’s Birthday (Indonesia)

Dec 5 Father’s Day (Thailand)

Dec 11 Constitution Day (Thailand)

Dec 20 Presidential Election Day (South-Korea)

Dec 23 Emperors Birthday (Japan)

Dec 25 Christmas Day (Indonesia)

Dec 26 Christmas Holiday (Indonesia)

Dec 31 New Year’s Eve (Thailand)

Would you like to experience these celebrations yourself? Get to know our Asian study abroad destinations from below: