In the state of Pahang, Hari Hol Pahang is a public holiday commemorating the death date of one of its former sultans. The holiday is observed every 7 May, but if the day falls on a weekend, the following Monday is a replacement holiday.
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Pahang is the largest state, geographically, in eastern (peninsular) Malaysia and is one of several states that retain their own sultan. “Hol” means an annual banquet, and Hari Hol, in Pahang, remembers the state’s fourth reigning sultan, named Abu Bakar. He was the father of another sultan, Ahmad Shah, who has also passed away. Hari Hol Pahang has been a public holiday since 1974.
On Hari Hol Pahang, all workers are given a holiday. People with a sense of pride in Pahang’s sultanate take time to honour the memory of Abu Bakar.