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Perlis Public Holidays 2017

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

Perlis is the smallest state in Malaysia and is flanked by Thailand to the north with Kedah to the east and south. This northern state is known for unspoiled beauty, rural scenes and rolling fields of padi. Even Kangar, the capital is surrounded by green or golden padi fields, depending on the season.

State-specific public holidays

Raja Perlis’ Birthday is a public holiday unique to this state, with citizens of Perlis celebrating the birthday of the Raja of Perlis on May 17 each year.

The current Raja of Perlis is Tuanku Syed Sirajuddin who was appointed Raja Muda, or Crown Prince, in 1960 when he was a student. He became ruler of Perlis in April 2000 the day after his father, Tuanku Syed Putra Ibni Almarhum Syed Hassan Jamalullall, died. Unlike other royal states in Malaysia, the celebration is held on the Raja’s actual birthday.

Things to see and do in Perlis

Perlis does not see many tourists as it is mostly rural. However, for those who wish to explore the state, there are attractions available. The Snake Farm, a research and development organisation that develops antivenin, offers a large collection of 23 species of snakes in open air containers. There is also a crocodile farm and fish pond.

Perlis is known to have a large population of venomous snakes as the limestone caves in the area offer excellent natural habitats for snakes. Gua Kelam, which translates to “at a foothill lies a dark cave,” is a limestone cave near Kaki Bukit. Visitors must access the cave via a suspended bridge.

Kuala Perlis is a small fishing town with just a few streets, but offers many options for native seafood dishes at local restaurants. The local specialty laksa includes rice noodles dipped in a fish-based gravy.

Tasik Melati is a beautiful lake located north of Kangar. The lake is marshy with about 150 sandbars that appear to be small islands. There are elevated walkways and seats that allow visitors to enjoy the views. There is also a playground for children and a reflexology path designed to improve circulation in older adults.

Public Holidays 2017

28 JanSatChinese New Year
29 JanSunChinese New Year
2nd Day
30 JanMonChinese New Year
Additional Holiday
24 AprMonIsrak and Mikraj
1 MayMonLabour Day
10 MayWedWesak Day
17 MayWedRaja Perlis' Birthday
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 *
2 SepSatHari Raya Haji
2nd Day *
16 SepSatMalaysia Day
22 SepFriAwal Muharram
18 OctWedDeepavali *
1 DecFriProphet Muhammad's Birthday
25 DecMonChristmas