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January 1st is Not a Public Holiday Where I Live

It is assumed that on January 1st, everyone will have a public holiday. In my country, Malaysia, almost all the states have this day as a public holiday but the state where I live which is Johor, January 1st isn’t a public holiday. Therefore, people go to work and children go to school on January 1st.

Therefore, it’s not possible for my daughter to stay up late on New Year’s Eve to watch the fireworks because she has to go to school on January 1st and she has to wake up early.

However, as of 2014, Johor will have weekends beginning on Friday and the first day of the week is now on a Sunday. My daughter will have to go to school on Sunday. And since January 1st falls on a Friday in 2016, my daughter doesn't have to start school until January 3rd which is a Sunday. So, we do get a holiday on January 1st for 2016. Hooray!

Happy New Year!

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Paulie wrote on December 28, 2015, 1:25 AM

Could you please explain why Johor doesn't recognize January 1 as a public holiday.

CoralLevang wrote on December 28, 2015, 1:58 AM

Happy New Year, UmiNoor ! I am glad to hear you get a "holiday" this time!

UmiNoor wrote on December 28, 2015, 2:00 AM

Johor celebrates the Muslim New Year which is called Awal Muharram. Johor prides itself as an Islamic state but we're nothing like the ISIS, mind you. We respect the religions of others and we have public holidays for Chinese New Year, Deepavali and Christmas.

UmiNoor wrote on December 28, 2015, 2:01 AM

I'm glad for that too. It's just a coincidence that January 1st happens to fall on the day that it's a rest day for school children and public sector workers.

Paulie wrote on December 28, 2015, 2:08 AM

Thank you for the explanation UmiNoor . In which part of Malaysia is Johor located?

UmiNoor wrote on December 28, 2015, 4:24 AM

Johor is located in the southern part of Malaysia bordering Singapore.