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Perak Public Holidays 2017

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

Perak is a quiet, rugged area in Malaysia, often missed by tourists who tend to flock to the beaches on the East Cost of Malaysia. Perak offers excellent food, artisan crafts and a way to get away from the hustle of other tourist areas in Malaysia.

State-specific public holidays

Perak’s public holidays are mostly the same as other states. However, it does celebrate the Sultan of Perak’s Birthday each year on November 4. Today, the Sultan of Perak is Sultan Nazrin Muizzuddin Shah Ibnl Almarhum Sultan Azian Muhibbuddin Shah who began ruling the state in 2014. His actual birthday is November 27 and is the oldest son of the previous Sultan of Perak who died in May 2014. Offices and businesses are closed for celebrations on this public holiday.

Things to see and do in Perak

Built in 1909 in memory of James W.W. Birch who was Perak’s first British resident, the Birch Memorial Clock Tower has a bell that is over six feet and the friezes on the clock illustrate the growth of civilization, depicting Moses, Buddha, Shakespeare and Charles Darwin.

The depiction of Mohammed was erased from the clock tower in the 1990s in response to religious sensitivities. In 1875, Birch, who was known to disregard local customs, was murdered by local Malay chiefs and the road where the tower sits is named for one of his murderers who are considered nationalists.

Masjid Ubudiah, meaning mosque of self-surrender to Allah, was commissioned by Perak’s 28th Sultan, Idris Shah, after he recovered from a lengthy illness. The mosque was not completed until 2003, almost 100 years after it began and long after the death of the sultan who commissioned it.

Kellie’s Castle, one of the last remnants of British extravagance in Perak, was commissioned by William Kellie Smith, a wealthy Scottish rubber plantation owner. Bricks, artisans and labourers were all imported from India, a country Smith was obsessed with, in order to create one of the most magnificent residences in Malaysia. He died in 1926 and the home abandoned.

Today, the guestrooms are the best preserved and the castle offers stunning views of the surrounding countryside.

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
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 *
27 JunTueHari Raya Aidilfitri
Holiday *
31 AugThuNational Day /
Merdeka Day
1 SepFriHari Raya Haji *
16 SepSatMalaysia Day
22 SepFriAwal Muharram
18 OctWedDeepavali *
3 NovFriSultan of Perak's Birthday
1 DecFriProphet Muhammad's Birthday
25 DecMonChristmas