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Penang Public Holidays

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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.

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