Birthday Of The Sultan Of Johor

Observed annually on March 23rd, the Birthday of the Sultan of Johor is a state holiday in Johor, Malaysia, that honors the Sultan of Johor. Sultan Ibrahim ibni Almarhum Sultan Iskandar was born on November 22, 1958, and was crowned the 25th Sultan of Johor on March 23, 2015.

Before his coronation, the last coronation held was that of his grandfather, Sultan Ismail, on February 10, 1960. After the coronation in 2015, this day has been observed as a state holiday. As such, government buildings, schools, and many other buildings are closed on this holiday.

Facts About Malaysia

Let’s sort through some interesting facts about Malaysia before we continue with how this holiday is celebrated. The following facts are what we uncovered while doing research for this holiday.

  • Ethnic Malays make up only half of Malaysia’s population. The rest of the population comprises Chinese, Indians, and other indigenous peoples.
  • Malaysia was once known as Aurea Chersonesus—a term that means “peninsula of gold.”
  • The highest point in Malaysia is Mount Kinabalu. It’s 13,435 feet high.
  • Malaysia has 65,877 kilometers of highway roads.
  • In Malaysia, caning is a permitted form of punishment.
  • Malaysia is the third-largest natural rubber producer in the world.
  • Malaysia is also the largest supplier of rubber gloves in the world.

Observing The Birthday of the Sultan of Johor

Even though this holiday commemorates the Sultan’s birthday, it is observed on the date of his coronation. On this day, there is a parade, and many businesses are closed. It is also a day when government offices and schools are closed as well.

Where is it celebrated?
Malaysia (Common local holiday)
When is it?
This year (2024)
March 23 Saturday
Next year (2025)
March 23 Sunday
Last year (2023)
March 23 Thursday