Birthday Of The Sultan Of Perak

The Birthday of the Sultan of Perak is a public holiday in the northwest Malaysian state of Perak. This state borders Selangor to the south, Kedah to the north, and Pahang and Kelantan to the east. It has an area of approximately 8,100 square miles and has a population of 2.5 million people.

The holiday that celebrates the Sultan of this state used to be observed on November 27th, the date of Sultan Nazrin Shah’s birthday in 1956. In 2017, the date of the holiday was changed to the first Friday in November. This is a day celebrated with official public ceremonies, cultural events, and other celebratory activities.

A Quick Biography of Nazrin Shah of Perak

His Highness Sultan Nazrin Muizzuddin Shah was born on November 27th, 1956, in George Town, Penang, Malaya. He is the eldest son of Sultan Azlan Muhibbuddin Shah ibni Almarhum and Tuanku Bainun binti Mohd Ali.

From 1962 through 1967, he studied at Sekolah Rendah Jalan Kuantan, and then he followed that up by studying at St. John’s Institution in Kuala Lumpur for his secondary education. He holds a BA degree in Philosophy, Politics, and Economics from Worcester College, Oxford, and also holds an MPA degree he received from the John F. Kennedy School of Government at Harvard University in the United States. On the 29th of May in 2014, he became the 35th Sultan of Perak after his father, Sultan Azlan, passed away.

Observing the Birthday of the Sultan of Perak

This holiday is observed with a public holiday celebration for the Sultan but is also marked with lesser celebrations across Perak, Malaysia. Residents also use the day to spend time with friends and family members, enjoying fine Malaysian dishes such as Gulai Tempoyak (a dish that can use cuttlefish or catfish), Gulai Kemahang (a yam dish), and Lemuni Rice. Because of its timing before the weekend, it gives residents an opportunity to have a three-day weekend to enjoy recreational activities.

Where is it celebrated?
Malaysia (Common local holiday) - Perak
When is it?
This year (2024)
November 1 Friday
Next year (2025)
November 7 Friday
Last year (2023)
November 3 Friday