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2019 list of public holidays across Asia Pacific and globally

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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

  • 30 December 2018 and 1 January 2019 – New Year’s Day
  • 4 February 2019 and 10 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

Additional public holidays for specific social groups

  • 8 March 2019 – International Women’s Day (half-day for women)
  • 4 May 2019 – Youth Day (half-day for ages 14-28)
  • 1 June 2019 – Children’s Day (full-day holiday for children below 14)
  • 1 August 2019 – Army Day (for military personnel in active service)
Above holidays were released by The State Council, The People’s Republic of China on 6 December 2018.

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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