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Penang Public Holidays 2017

Today – 27 March 2017 – is not a holiday in Penang.

This page contains a calendar of all 2017 Penang public holidays. These dates may be modified as official changes are announced, so please check back regularly for updates.

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

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.