Birthday Of The Governor Of Malacca

Malacca is the coastal state of Malaysia that’s located in the southwestern portion of the country. Its capital is Malacca City (occasionally spelled Melaka) and the state is home to a little bit over 932,000+ people. This is an area with a rich heritage and a rich history that can easily be seen through the state’s ancient landmarks and colonial buildings.

The head of state in Malacca is the Governor, also known as Yang di-Pertua Negeri. It’s this head of state that’s celebrated through the commencement of the holiday known as the Birthday of the Governor Of Malacca. This holiday is observed on the second Friday in October in Malacca with official birthday celebrations for the current Yang di-Pertua Negeri.

The History Of The Birthday Of The Governor Of Malacca

Malacca was initially founded by Singapura King Iskandar Shah as a fishing village in 1402. He choose the location because it had a good port, was easily accessible all year long, and was strategically located on the narrowest part of the Malacca Straits. With the help of the Orang Laut (also known as the sea people), he established Malacca as an international port and compelled passing ships to stop thereby establishing suitable facilities for trade and the warehousing of trade goods.

During the 16th century, Portuguese General and Duke of Goa, Alfonso de Albuquerque, set sail to Malacca with 18 ships and 1,200 men. The force conquered the city on August 24th, 1511. The Hindu, Burmese and Chinese inhabitants were spared, but the Muslim inhabitants were either sold into slavery or outright massacred. During this time, the Malay sultanate was abolished.

On April 1, 1946, Malacca became a part of the Malayan Union and that, in turn, became a part of the Federation of Malaya on February 1, 1948. On August 31, 1957, Malay became an independent state and in September of 1963, Malaysia was formed with Malaya being merged with Malacca, Sarawak, Singapore, and Sabah.

Observing The Birthday Of The Governor Of Malacca

This holiday is observed with special birthday celebrations for the current Governor of Malacca. It’s also a day off for the general public and many schools, businesses, and government agencies are closed so residents can spend time with friends and loved ones.

Where is it celebrated?
Malaysia (Common local holiday) - Malacca
When is it?
This year (2023)
October 13 Friday
Next year (2024)
October 11 Friday
Last year (2022)
October 14 Friday