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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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