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Penang

Public Holidays

Penang Public Holidays 2016 and 2017

We currently have public holidays for 2016 and 2017 listed. Scroll down to view.

Penang has served for centuries as the link between two halves of Asia as well as markets in Europe and the Middle East. It has one of the most diverse cultures in Malaysia with Old World charm in a cosmopolitan setting.

George Town World Heritage Day is a unique public holiday only celebrated in Penang, commemorating the inscription of the city as a World Heritage City by UNESCO. A community-centred festival is held on July 7 each year featuring entertainment that includes martial arts demonstrations, dances and street performances. There are also re-enactments of street life during the 1900s, food festivals and special tours.

Another public holiday only celebrated in this state is the Penang Governor’s Birthday. Penang is one of only four states in Malaysia to not have a ruler or Sultan who inherits leadership of the country. Instead, the Governor is appointed by the King of Malaysia. This public holiday is celebrated on the second Saturday in July each year. The current Governor of Penang is Abdul Rahman who was recently sworn in for his sixth term.

Places to Visit

No trip to Penang would be complete without visiting George Town, even when it is not World Heritage Day. George Town has three distinct and ancient cultures, but its most unique feature is the architecture in the city. The city looks like a movie set with multiple styles of buildings. You can find Chinese Temples and mosques within view of soaring skyscrapers and large shopping malls. The history alone can keep any visitor occupied for hours. The Blue Mansion, built in the 1880s and renovated in the 1990s blends Eastern and Western architecture and design. The mansion contains art nouveau stained glass, exquisite floor tiles and a unique indigo-based lime wash that makes it blue. The mansion was commissioned by a merchant-trader, Cheong Fatt Tze, who left China penniless as a teenager and amassed a financial empire throughout Asia, earning him the name of “Rockefeller of the East.”

Outside of George Town, many visitors enjoy the Penang National Park in Taluk Behang with its challenging trails. There is also a Tropical Spice Garden with more than 500 species of flora with an emphasis on spices and herbs.

Public Holidays 2016

DateDayHoliday
1 JanFriNew Year
24 JanSunThaipusam *
25 JanMonThaipusam *
8 FebMonChinese New Year
9 FebTueChinese New Year
2nd Day
1 MaySunLabour Day
2 MayMonLabour Day
(Additional Holiday)
21 MaySatWesak Day
4 JunSatAgong's Birthday
22 JunWedNuzul Al-Quran
6 JulWedHari Raya Aidilfitri *
7 JulThuHari Raya Aidilfitri
2nd Day *
7 JulThuGeorgetown World Heritage City Day
9 JulSatPenang Governor's Birthday
31 AugWedNational Day /
Merdeka Day
12 SepMonHari Raya Haji *
16 SepFriMalaysia Day
2 OctSunAwal Muharram
3 OctMonAwal Muharram
Holiday
29 OctSatDeepavali *
12 DecMonProphet Muhammad's Birthday
25 DecSunChristmas
26 DecMonChristmas
(Additional Holiday)

Public Holidays 2017

DateDayHoliday
1 JanSunNew Year
28 JanSatChinese New Year
29 JanSunChinese New Year
2nd Day
9 FebThuThaipusam *
1 MayMonLabour Day
10 MayWedWesak Day
3 JunSatAgong's Birthday
12 JunMonNuzul Al-Quran
25 JunSunHari Raya Aidilfitri *
26 JunMonHari Raya Aidilfitri
2nd Day *
7 JulFriGeorgetown World Heritage City Day
8 JulSatPenang Governor's Birthday
31 AugThuNational Day /
Merdeka Day
1 SepFriHari Raya Haji *
16 SepSatMalaysia Day
21 SepThuAwal Muharram
18 OctWedDeepavali *
1 DecFriProphet Muhammad's Birthday
25 DecMonChristmas