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As 2018 comes to the end, it’s time to start planning for 2019’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 2019 – New Year’s Day
  • 26 January 2019 – Australia Day
  • 19 April 2019 and 20 April 2019 – Good Friday
  • 22 April 2019 – Easter Monday
  • 25 April 2019 – Anzac Day
  • 25 December 2019 – Christmas Day
  • 26 December 2019 – Boxing Day

Brunei

  • 1 January 2019 – New Year’s Day
  • 5 February 2019 – Chinese New Year
  • 23 February 2019 – National Day
  • 3 April 2019 – Isra and Mi’raj
  • 6 May 2019 – Ramadan Begins
  • 22 May 2019 – Nuzul Al-Quaran
  • 31 May 2019  – Laylaty Qadr
  • 31 May 2019 – Royal Brunei Armed Forces Day
  • 1 June 2019 – Royal Brunei Armed Forces Day Holiday
  • 5 June 2019 and 8 June 2019 – Hari Raya Puasa
  • 15 July 2019 – Sultan’s Birthday
  • 12 August 2019 – Hari Raya Haji
  • 1 September 2019 – Islamic New Year
  • 25 December 2019 – Christmas Day

China

  • 31 December 2018 and 1 January 2019 – New Year’s Day
  • 5 February 2019 and 6 February 2019 – Spring Festival
  • 5 April 2019 to 7 April 2019 – Qing Ming Festival
  • 1 May 2019 – Labour Day
  • 7 June 2019 to 9 June 2019 – Dragon Boat Festival
  • 13 September 2019 to 15 September 2019 – Mid-Autumn Festival
  • 1 October 2019 to 7 October 2019 – National Day
Note: The dates above are subject to change. As the 2019 list has not been released, the above holidays are based on the list of 2018 public holidays released by The State Council, The People’s Republic of China. Human Resources will update the list accordingly once the official dates are released.

Hong Kong

  • 1 January 2019 – New Year’s Day
  • 5 February 2019 to 7 February 2019 – Chinese New Year
  • 5 April 2019 – Qing Ming Frstival
  • 19 April 2019 – Good Friday
  • 20 April 2019 – Holy Saturday
  • 22 April 2019 – Easter Monday
  • 1 May 2019 – Labour Day
  • 12 May 2019 – Buddha’s Birthday
  • 7 June 2019 – Dragon Boat Festival
  • 1 July 2019 – Hong Kong Special Administrative Region Establishment Day
  • 14 September 2019 – Mid-Autumn Festival Holiday
  • 1 October 2019 – National day of the People’s Republic of China
  • 7 October 2019 – Chung Yeung Festival
  • 25 December 2019 – Christmas Day
  • 26 December 2019 – Boxing Day

India

  • 1 January 2019 – New Year’s Day
  • 26 January 2019 – Republic Day
  • 1 May 2019 – Labour Day
  • 5 June 2019 – Idul Fitr
  • 12 August 2019 – Idul Juha
  • 15 August 2019 – Independence Day
  • 2 October 2019 – Mathama Gandhi’s Birthday
  • 27 October 2019 – Deepavali
  • 25 December 2019 – Christmas

Japan

  • 1 January 2019 – New Year’s Day
  • 14 January 2019 – Coming of Age Day
  • 11 February 2019 – National Foundation day
  • 21 March 2019 – Spring Equinox
  • 29 April 2019 – Showa Day
  • 3 May 2019 – Constitution Memorial Day
  • 4 May 2019 – Greenery Day
  • 5 May 2019 – Children’s Day
  • 15 July 2019 – Sea Day
  • 11 August 2019 – Mountain Day
  • 16 September 2019 – Respect for the Aged Day
  • 23 September 2019 – Autumn Equinox
  • 14 October 2019 – Sports Day
  • 3 November 2019 – Culture Day
  • 23 November 2019 – Labour Thanksgiving Day

Malaysia 

  • 5 February 2019 and 6 February 2019 – Chinese New Year
  • 1 May 2019 – Labour Day
  • 19 May 2019 – Wesak Day
  • 5 June 2019 and 6 June 2019 – Hari Raya Puasa
  • 11 August 2019 – Hari Raya Haji
  • 31 August 2019 – National Day
  • 1 September 2019 – Awal Muharram
  • 9 September 2019 – The Yang di-Pertual Agong’s Birthday
  • 16 September 2019 – Malaysia Day
  • 27 October 2019 – Deepavali
  • 10 November 2019 – The Prophet Muhammad’s Birthday
  • 25 December 2019 – Christmas Day
Note: The list contains only Malaysia’s national holidays. The full list of public holidays by state can be viewed here: Malaysia announces public holidays for 2019

Myanmar

  • 4 January 2019 – Independence Day
  • 13 January 2019 – Kayin New Year
  • 12 February 2019 – Union Day
  • 2 March 2019 – Peasants’ Day
  • 20 March 2019 – Full Moon Day of Tabaung
  • 27 March 2019 – Armed Forces Day
  • 13 April 2019 to 16 April 2019 – Thingyan Water Festival
  • 17 April 2019 – Myanmar New Year
  • 1 May 2019 – Labour Day
  • 18 May 2019 – Full Moon day of Kasong
  • 16 July 2019 – Full Moon Day of Waso
  • 19 July 2019 – Martyrs’ Day
  • 13 October 2019 – Full Moon Day of Thadingyut
  • 11 November 2019 – Full Moon Day of Tazaungmone
  • 21 November 2019 – National Day
  • 25 December 2019 – Christmas Day
  • 26 December 2019 – Kayin New Year

Philippines

  • 1 January 2019 – New Year’s Day
  • 5 February 2019 – Chinese New Year
  • 9 April 2019 – The Day of Valor
  • 18 April 2019 – Maundy Thursday
  • 19 April 2019 – Good Friday
  • 20 April 2019 – Holy Saturday
  • 1 May 2019 – Labour Day
  • 5 June 2019 – Eid al-Fitr
  • 12 June 2019 – Independence Day
  • 12 August 2019 – Eidul Adha
  • 21 August 2019 – Ninoy Aquino Day
  • 26 August 2019 – National Heroes Day
  • 1 November 2019 – All Saints’ Day
  • 30 November 2019 – Bonifacio Day
  • 8 December 2019 – Feast of Immaculate Conception
  • 25 December 2019 – Christmas Day
  • 30 December 2019 – Rizal Day
  • 31 December 2019 – New Year’s Eve

Singapore

  • 1 January 2019 – New Year’s Day
  • 5 February 2019 and 6 February 2019 – Chinese New Year
  • 19 April 2019 – Friday – Good Friday
  • 1 May 2019 – Labour Day
  • 19 May 2019 – Vesak Day
  • 5 June 2019 – Hari Raya Puasa
  • 9 August 2019 – National Day
  • 11 August 2019 – Hari Raya Haji
  • 27 October 2019 – Deepavali
  • 25 December 2019 – Christmas Day

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South Korea

  • 1 January 2019 – New Year’s Day
  • 5 February 2019 to 8 February 2019 – Korean New Year
  • 1 March 2019 – Independence Movement Day
  • 5 March 2019 – Children’s Day
  • 12 May 2019 – Buddha’s Birthday
  • 6 June 2019 – Memorial Day
  • 15 August 2019 – Liberation Day
  • 12 September 2019 to 14 September 2019 – Chuseok
  • 3 October 2019 – National Foundation Day
  • 9 October 2019 – Hangeul Proclamation Day
  • 25 December 2019 – Christmas Day

Thailand

  • 1 January 2019 – New Year’s Day
  • 19 February 2019 – Makha Bucha Day
  • 6 April 2019 – Chakri Day
  • 13 April 2019 to 17 April 2019 – Songkran Festival
  • 1 May 2019 – Labour Day
  • 19 May 2019 – Visakha Bucha Day
  • 17 July 2019 – Asahna Bucha Day
  • 29 July 2019 – King Vajiralongkorn’s Birthday Holiday
  • 12 August 2019 – Her Majesty the Queen’s Birthday Holiday
  • 14 October 2019 – Passing of His Majesty the Late King Holiday
  • 23 October 2019 – Chulalongkorn Memorial Day
  • 5 December 2019 – His Majesty the Late King’s Birthday
  • 10 December 2019 – Constitution Day
  • 31 December 2019 – New Year’s Eve

Vietnam

  • 1 January 2019 – New Year’s Day
  • 4 February 2019 to 8 February 2019 – Vietnamese New Year
  • 15 April 2019 – Vietnamese Kings’ Commemoration Day
  • 30 April 2019 – Reunification Day
  • 1 May 2019 – Labour Day
  • 2 September 2019 – Independence Day

North America, Europe, and Middle East holidays (countries by alphabetical order)

Canada

  • 1 January 2019 – New Year’s Day
  • 19 April 2019 – Good Friday
  • 20 May 2019 – Victoria Day
  • 1 July 2019 – Canada Day
  • 2 September 2019 – Labour day
  • 14 October 2019 – Thanksgiving Day
  • 11 November 2019 – Remembrance Day
  • 25 December 2019 – Christmas Day
  • 26 December 2019 – Boxing Day

France

  • 1 January 2019 – New Year’s Day
  • 22 April 2019 – Easter Monday
  • 1 May 2019 – Labour Day
  • 8 May 2019 – WWII Victory Day
  • 30 May 2019 – Ascension Day
  • 10 June 2019 – Whit Monday
  • 14 June 2019– Bastille Day
  • 15 August 2019 – Assumpion Day
  • 1 November 2019 – All Saints’Day
  • 11 November 2019 – Armistice Day
  • 25 December 2019 – Christmas Day

United Arab Emirates

  • 1 January 2019 – New Year’s Day
  • 3 April 2019 – Isra and Mi’raj
  • 5 June 2-19 and 6 June 2019 – Eid al-Fitr
  • 11 August 2019 – Arafat Day
  • 12 August 2019 to 14 August 2019 – Eid al-Adha
  • 1 September 2019 – Islamic New Year
  • 10 November 2019 – Prophet Muhammad’s Birthday
  • 30 November 2019 – Martyrs’ Day
  • 2 December 2019 – National Day
  • 3 December 2019 – National Day Holiday

United Kingdom

  • 1 January 2019 – New Year’s Day
  • 19 April 2019 – Good Friday
  • 6 May 2019 – Early May Bank Holiday
  • 27 May 2019 – Spring Bank Holiday
  • 25 December 2019 – Christmas Day
  • 26 December 2019 – Boxing Day

United States of America

  • 1 January 2019 – New Year’s Day
  • 21 January 2019 – Martin Luther King. Jr. Day
  • 18 February 2019 – Presidents’ Day
  • 27 May 2019 – Memorial Day
  • 4 July 2019 – Independence Day
  • 2 September 2019 – Labour Day
  • 14 October 2019 – Columbus Day
  • 11 November 2019 – Veterans Day
  • 28 November 2019 – Thanksgiving Day
  • 25 December 2019 – Christmas Day

Note: Unless otherwise indicated, all holidays are sourced from ManpowerGroup’s 2019 calendar.

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