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2018 list of public holidays across Asia Pacific and globally

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As 2017 comes to the end, it’s time to start planning for 2018’s activities.

Whether you’re planning a vacation to visit family members overseas or a teleconference with your colleagues based overseas, this list of APAC and global holidays might come in handy.

Asia Pacific holidays (countries by alphabetical order)

Australia

  • 1 January – New Year’s Day
  • 26 January – Australia Day
  • 30 March – Good Friday
  • 31 March – Easter Saturday
  • 2 April – Easter Monday
  • 25 April – ANZAC Day
  • 11 June – Queen’s Birthday (most region)
  • 25 December – Christmas Day
  • 26 December – Boxing Day

Brunei 

  • 1 January – New Year’s Day
  • 23 February – National Day
  • 13 April – Isra’ and Mi’raj
  • 16 May – Ramadan Begins
  • 31 May – Royal Brunei Armed Forces Day
  • 10 June – Laylat al-Qadr (Night of Destiny)
  • 15 June – Eid-al-Fitr
  • 15 July – Sultan’s Birthday
  • 22 August – Eid-al-Adha
  • 12 September – Muharram/ Islamic New Year
  • 25 December – Christmas Day

China

  • 1 January – New Year’s Day
  • 16 to 18 February – Lunar New Year / Chinese New Year
  • 5 April – Qing Ming Festival
  • 1 May – Labour Day
  • 18 June – Dragon Boat Festival
  • 24 September – Mid-Autumn Festival
  • 1 to 3 October – National Day

Hong Kong

  • 1 January – New Year’s Day
  • 16 to 19 February – Lunar New Year / Chinese New Year
  • 30 March – Good Friday
  • 31 March – Holiday Saturday
  • 2 April – Easter Monday
  • 5 April – Qing Ming Festival
  • 1 May – Labour Day
  • 22 May – Buddha’s Birthday
  • 18 June – Dragon Boat Festival
  • 1 July – Hong Kong Special Administrative Region Establishment Day
  • 2 July – Hong Kong Special Administrative Region Establishment Day Observed
  • 25 September – The Day Following Mid-Autumn Festival
  • 1 October – National Day of the People’s Republic of China
  • 17 October – Chung Yeung Festival
  • 25 December – Christmas Day
  • 26 December – Boxing Day

ALSO READ: Long weekends to look forward to in 2018

India

  • 1 January – New Year’s Day
  • 26 January – Republic Day
  • 2 March – Holi
  • 29 March – Mahavir Jayanti
  • 30 March – Good Friday
  • 25 April – Ram Navami
  • 1 May – May Day
  • 29 May – Buddha Purnima / Waisak Day / Wesak Day / Vesak Day
  • 15 June – Idul Fitr
  • 14 July – Ratha Yatra
  • 15 August – Independence Day
  • 22 August – Eid-al-Adha / Idul Juha
  • 3 September – Krishna Janmashtami
  • 20 September – Muharram
  • 2 October – Mahatma Gandhi’s Birthday / Mahatma Gandhi Jayanti
  • 19 October – Dussehra
  • 7 November – Diwali / Deepavali
  • 20 November – Milad-un-Nabi
  • 23 November – Guru Nanak Jayanti
  • 25 December – Christmas Day
  • 26 December – Boxing Day

Indonesia

  • 1 January – New Year’s Day
  • 16 February – Lunar New Year
  • 17 March – Hari Raya Nyepi
  • 30 March – Good Friday
  • 13 April – Isra’ and Mi’raj
  • 1 May – Labour Day
  • 10 May – Ascension Day
  • 29 May – Waisak Day / Wesak Day / Buddha Purnima / Vesak Day
  • 1 June – Pancasila Day
  • 15 to 16 June – Hari Raya Puasa
  • 17 August – Independence Day
  • 22 August – Idul Adha
  • 11 September – Muharram
  • 20 November – The Prophet Muhammad’s Birthday
  • 25 December – Christmas Day

Japan

  • 1 January – New Year’s Day
  • 8 January – Coming of Age Day
  • 11 February – National Foundation Day
  • 12 February – National Foundation Day
  • 21 March – Vernal Equinox Day / Spring Equinox
  • 29 to 30 April – Showa Day
  • 3 May – Constitution Memorial Day
  • 4 May – Greenery Day
  • 5 May – Children’s Day
  • 16 July – Marine Day / Sea Day
  • 11 August – Mountain Day
  • 17 September – Respect for the Aged Day
  • 23 September – Autumnal Equinox Day / Autumn Equinox
  • 24 September – Autumnal Equinox Day Observed / Autumn Equinox Observed
  • 8 October – Health and Sports Day
  • 3 November – Culture Day
  • 23 November – Labour Thanksgiving Day
  • 23 December – Emperor’s Birthday
  • 24 December – Emperor’s Birthday Observed

Malaysia

  • 1 January – New Year’s Day
  • 16 to 17 February – Lunar New Year / Chinese New Year
  • 1 May – Labour Day
  • 29 May – Wesak Day / Waisak Day / Buddha Purnima / Vesak Day
  • 15 to 16 June – Hari Raya Puasa
  • 28 July – The Yang di-Pertuan / Agong’s Birthday
  • 22 August – Hari Raya Haji
  • 31 August – National Day
  • 11 September – Awal Muharram
  • 16 September – Malaysia Day
  • 6 November – Deepavali / Diwali
  • 20 November – Prophet Muhammad’s Birthday
  • 25 December – Christmas Day

READ MORE: 2018 list of public holidays in store for Malaysia

Myanmar

  • 1 January – New Year’s Day
  • 4 January – Independence Day
  • 12 February – Union Day
  • 3 March – Peasants’ Day
  • 27 March – Armed Forces Day
  • 1 May – Labour Day
  • 19 July – Martyrs’ Day
  • 25 December – Christmas Day

New Zealand

  • 1 to 2 January – New Year’s Day
  • 6 February – Waitangi Day
  • 30 March – Good Friday
  • 2 April – Easter Monday
  • 25 April – ANZAC Day
  • 4 June – Queen’s Birthday
  • 22 October – Labour Day
  • 25 December – Christmas Day
  • 26 December – Boxing Day

Philippines

  •  1 January – New Year’s Day
  • 16 February – Lunar New Year / Chinese New Year
  • 15 February – Edsa People Power Revolution Anniversary
  • 29 March – Maundy Thursday
  • 30 March – Good Friday
  • 31 March – Black Saturday
  • 9 April – The Day of Valor / Araw ng Kagitingan
  • 1 May – Labour Day
  • 12 June – Independence Day
  • 21 August – Ninoy Aquino Day
  • 27 August – National Heroes Day
  • 1 to 2 November – All Saints’ Day
  • 30 November – Bonifacio Day
  • 8 December – Fest der unbefleckten Empfangnis / Feast of the Immaculate Conception
  • 24 December – Christmas Eve
  • 25 December – Christmas Day
  • 30 December – Rizal Day
  • 31 December – New Year’s Eve

Singapore

  • 1 January – New Year’s Day
  • 16 to 17 February – Lunar New Year / Chinese New Year
  • 30 March – Good Friday
  • 1 May – Labour Day
  • 29 May – Vesak Day / Wesak Day / Waisak Day / Buddha Purnima
  • 15 June – Hari Raya Puasa
  • 9 August – National Day
  • 22 August – Hari Raya Haji
  • 6 November – Deepavali / Diwali
  • 25 December – Christmas Day

ALSO READ: Singapore announces four long weekends for 2018

South Korea

  • 1 January – New Year’s Day
  • 15 to 17 February – Seollal
  • 1 March – Independence Movement Day
  • 13 April – National Assembly Election Day
  • 5 May – Children’s Day
  • 22 May – Buddha’s Birthday
  • 6 June – Memorial Day
  • 15 August – Liberation Day
  • 23 to 25 September – Chuseok / Korean Thanksgiving Day / Mid-Autumn Fesitival
  • 3 October – National Foundation Day
  • 9 October – Hangeul Proclamation Day
  • 25 December – Christmas Day

Taiwan

  • 1 January – New Year’s Day
  • 15 to 20 February – Lunar New Year / Chinese New Year
  • 28 February – 228 Peace Memorial Day
  • 4 April – Children’s Day
  • 5 to 6 April – Qing Ming Festival
  • 1 May – Labour Day
  • 18 June – Dragon Boat Festival
  • 24 September – Mid-Autumn Festival
  • 10 October – National Day
  • 31 December – Republic Holiday Day

Thailand 

  • 1 January – New Year’s Day
  • 1 March – Makha Bucha Day
  • 6 April – Chakri Memorial Day
  • 13 to 17 April – Songkran Festival
  • 1 May – Labour Day
  • 10 May – Royal Ploughing Ceremony Day
  • 29 May – Visakha Bucha Day
  • 28 July – H.M. The King’s Birthday / King Vajiralongkorn’s Birthday
  • 12 August – H.M. The Queen’s Birthday / Mother’s Day
  • 13 August – H.M. The Queen’s Birthday Observed / Mother’s Day Observed
  • 13 October – Anniversary of the Death of King Bhumibol
  • 23 October – Chulalongkorn Day
  • 5 December – Father’s Day
  • 10 December – Constitution Day
  • 31 December – New Year’s Eve

Vietnam

  • 1 January – New Year’s Day
  • 15 to 21 February – Lunar New Year / Vietnamese New Year
  • 25 April – Hung Kings Commemoration Day
  • 30 April – Reunification Day
  • 1 May – Labour Day
  • 2 September – National Day / Independence Day
  • 3 September – National Day Observed / Independence Day Observed

United States, Europe, and Middle East holidays (countries by alphabetical order)

Austria

  • 1 January – New Year’s Day
  • 6 January – Epiphany
  • 2 April – Easter Monday
  • 1 May – Labour Day
  • 10 May – Ascension Day
  • 21 May – Whit Monday
  • 31 May – Corpus Christi
  • 15 August – Assumption of the Virgin Mary
  • 26 October – National Day
  • 1 November – All Saints’ Day
  • 8 December – Feast of the Immaculate Conception
  • 25 December – Christmas Day
  • 26 December – St. Stephen’s Day

Belgium

  • 1 January – New Year’s Day
  • 1 April – Easter Sunday
  • 2 April – Easter Monday
  • 1 May – Labour Day
  • 10 May – Ascension Day
  • 20 May – Whit Sunday
  • 21 May – Whit Monday
  • 21 July – National Day
  • 15 August – Assumption of the Virgin Mary
  • 1 November – All Saints’ Day
  • 11 November – Armistice Day
  • 25 December – Christmas Day

Canada

  • 1 January – New Year’s Day
  • 30 March – Good Friday
  • 1 July – Canada Day
  • 2 July – Canada Day (additional statutory holiday)
  • 3 September – Labour Day
  • 8 October – Thanksgiving Day
  • 11 November – Remembrance Day
  • 12 November – Remembrance Day Observed
  • 25 December – Christmas Day

Denmark

  • 1 January – New Year’s Day
  • 29 March – Maundy Thursday
  • 30 March – Good Friday
  • 2 April – Easter Monday
  • 27 April – Prayer Day
  • 10 May – Ascension Day
  • 20 May – Whit Sunday
  • 21 May – Whit Monday
  • 5 June – Constitution Day
  • 24 December – Christmas Eve
  • 25 December – Christmas Day
  • 26 December – St. Stephen’s Day

Dubai 

  • 1 January – New Year’s Day
  • 13 April – Isra’ and Mi’raj
  • 14 to 15 June – Eid-al-Fitr
  • 21 August – Arfat (Haj) Day
  • 22 to 26 August – Eid-al-Adha
  • 11 September – Hijri New Year’s Day
  • 20 November – Prophet Muhammad’s Birthday
  • 30 November – Martyrs’ Day
  • 2 December – UAE National Day
  • 3 December – UAE National Day Holiday

 France 

  • 1 January – New Year’s Day
  • 2 April – Easter Monday
  • 1 May – Labour Day
  • 8 May – Victory in Europe Day / WWII Victory Day
  • 10 May – Ascension Day
  • 21 May – Whit Monday
  • 14 July – Bastille Day
  • 15 August – Assumption of the Virgin Mary
  • 1 November – All Saints’ Day
  • 11 November – Armistice Day
  • 25 December – Christmas Day

Germany 

  • 1 January – New Year’s Day
  • 30 March – Good Friday
  • 2 April – Easter Monday
  • 1 May – Labour Day
  • 10 May – Ascension Day
  • 21 May – Whit Monday
  • 3 October – Day of German Unity
  • 25 December – Christmas Day
  • 26 December – St. Stephen’s Day

Italy

  • 1 January – New Year’s Day
  • 6 January – Epiphany
  • 1 April – Easter Sunday
  • 2 April – Easter Monday
  • 25 April – Liberation Day
  • 1 May – Labour Day
  • 2 June – Republic Day
  • 15 August – Assumption Day
  • 1 November – All Saints’ Day
  • 8 December – Feast of the Immaculate Conception
  • 25 December – Christmas Day
  • 26 December – St. Stephen’s Day

Netherlands

  • 1 January – New Year’s Day
  • 1 April – Easter Sunday
  • 2 April – Easter Monday
  • 27 April – King’s Day
  • 10 May – Ascension Day
  • 20 May – Whit Sunday
  • 21 May – Whit Monday
  • 25 December – Christmas Day
  • 26 December – Boxing Day

Spain

  • 1 January – New Year’s Day
  • 6 January – Epiphany
  • 30 March – Good Friday
  • 1 May – Labour Day
  • 15 August – Assumption Day
  • 12 October – Fiesta Nacional de Espana / National Day of Spain
  • 1 November – All Saints’ Day
  • 6 December – Constitution Day
  • 8 December – Feast of the Immaculate Conception
  • 25 December – Christmas Day

Sweden

  • 1 January – New Year’s Day
  • 6 January – Epiphany
  • 30 March – Good Friday
  • 1 April – Easter Sunday
  • 2 April – Easter Monday
  • 1 May – Labour Day
  • 10 May – Ascension Day
  • 20 May – Whit Sunday
  • 6 June – National Day
  • 23 June – Midsummer Day
  • 3 November – All Saints’ Day
  • 25 December – Christmas Day
  • 26 December – Boxing Day

United Kingdom

  • 1 January – New Year’s Day
  • 30 March – Good Friday
  • 2 April – Easter Monday
  • 7 May – Early May Bank Holiday
  • 28 May – Spring Bank Holiday
  • 27 August – Summer Bank Holiday
  • 25 December – Christmas Day
  • 26 December – Boxing Day

United States

  • 1 January – New Year’s Day
  • 15 January – Martin Luther King Day
  • 19 February – Presidents’ Day
  • 28 May – Memorial Day
  • 4 July – Independence Day
  • 3 September – Labour Day
  • 8 October – Columbus Day
  • 11 November – Veterans’ Day
  • 12 November – Veterans’ Day Observed
  • 22 November – Thanksgiving Day
  • 25 December – Christmas Day

Holidays sourced from ManpowerGroup’s 2018 calendar and Citi’s 2018 calendar.

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