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Melaka Public Holidays 2017

This page contains a calendar of all 2017 Melaka public holidays. Please scroll down to view.

Malacca is one of the most popular tourist destinations in Malaysia. It is known for many historical sites and entertainment as well as excellent food. Many people believe that many of the famous dishes that Malaysia is known for originated in Malacca.

State-specific public holidays

Malacca’s public holidays are mostly the same as other states. However, it does celebrate a special holiday each year for the Declaration of Melaka as a Historic City. In 2008, the historic town of Melaka was listed as a UNESCO World Heritage Site and, in celebration of that designation, a public holiday was declared.

The holiday is celebrated on April 15 with offices and businesses closing. Melaka demonstrates the early history of Malacca, starting with Malay sultanate periods of the 15th century and through the Portuguese and Dutch periods that followed.

Another public holiday unique to the state is the Malacca Governor’s Birthday. Malacca is not one of the nine royal states in Malaysia. Instead of a Sultan, the head of state in Malacca is a governor or Yang di Pertua Negeri. Malacca was an early royal state, but the monarchy was abolished when the Portuguese conquered it the state in 1511. Each year, on October 14, the Governor of Malacca’s birthday is celebrated as a public holiday.

Things to see and do in Malacca

There are many attractions in Malacca considering the small size of the state. The A’Famosa Fort once covered an entire hillside but now consists only of a lone gate. The fort was constructed by Alfonso de Albuquerque who led the Portuguese invasion.

A visit to Malacca would also not be complete without a trip to Jonker Street with its vibrant night market. A wide range of stalls with polite hawkers selling local wares as well as live music brings the street to life each night. Christ Church was built by the Dutch when they took possession of Malacca from the Portuguese and today stands as one of the state’s most defining structures.

Malacca is a small but vibrant state in Malaysia, offering rich historical significance. The area is alive with the culture, beliefs and history of ancestors of those who live there today.

Public Holidays 2017

1 JanSunNew Year
2 JanMonNew Year Holiday
28 JanSatChinese New Year
29 JanSunChinese New Year
2nd Day
30 JanMonChinese New Year
Additional Holiday
15 AprSatDeclaration of Melaka as a Historical City
1 MayMonLabour Day
10 MayWedWesak Day
27 MaySatAwal Ramadan *
3 JunSatAgong's Birthday
25 JunSunHari Raya Aidilfitri *
26 JunMonHari Raya Aidilfitri
2nd Day *
27 JunTueHari Raya Aidilfitri
Holiday *
31 AugThuNational Day /
Merdeka Day
1 SepFriHari Raya Haji *
16 SepSatMalaysia Day
22 SepFriAwal Muharram
13 OctFriMelaka Governor's Birthday
18 OctWedDeepavali *
1 DecFriProphet Muhammad's Birthday
25 DecMonChristmas