Indonesian Public Holidays

The Government in a joint decree issued by the Minister of Religion, Minister of Manpower and Transmigration and the Minister, and the State Minister for Administrative Reform declared the Indonesian Public Holidays.

There are four types of holidays in Indonesia: religious, national, international and commemorative. Ones that are designated tanggal merah (literally red date, or a date that is designated in red on a calendar) signify national holidays when government offices, schools, banks, and most businesses are closed.

Many of the dates of religious holidays vary from year to year, as they are based on other calendars. For example, the Muslim holidays are based on the Islamic or Hijriah calendar, which is 10 to 11 days shorter than the Roman calendar every year. Other holidays, such as Easter, Chinese New Year and Waisak are based on lunar calculations, as in other countries where these holidays are celebrated.

 

Public Holidays 2015

UPDATE : New public holiday announced on 9 December (Wednesday) in conjunction with simultaneous regional elections.

Date
Day
Holiday
1 January
Thursday
New Years Day 2015
19 February
Thursday
Chinese New Year
21 March
Saturday
3 April
Friday
Good Friday
1 May
Friday
International Labor Day / May Day
14 May
Thursday
Ascension Day of Jesus Christ
16 May
Saturday
2 June
Tuesday
16 July
Thursday
Shared Public Holiday (Lebaran)
17 July
Friday
18 July
Saturday
20 July
Monday
Shared Public Holiday (Lebaran)
21 July
Tuesday
Shared Public Holiday (Lebaran)
17 August
Monday
Indonesian Independence Day
24 September
Thursday
14 October
Wednesday
9 December
Wednesday
Public Holiday for Simultaneous Regional Elections
24 December
Thursday
25 December
Friday
Christmas Day

Public Holidays 2016

This official 2016 public holiday dates have been released by the Joint Ministerial Decree on 30 June 2015.

Date
Day
Holiday
1 January
Friday
New Years Day 2016
8 February
Monday
Chinese New Year
9 March
Wednesday
25 March
Friday
Good Friday
1 May
Sunday
International Labor Day / May Day
5 May
Thursday
Ascension Day of Jesus Christ
6 May
Friday
22 May
Sunday
4 July
Monday
Shared Public Holiday (Lebaran)
5 July
Tuesday
Shared Public Holiday (Lebaran)
6 July
Wednesday
7 July
Thursday
8 July
Friday
Shared Public Holiday (Lebaran)
17 August
Wednesday
Indonesian Independence Day
12 September
Monday
2 October
Sunday
12 December
Monday
25 December
Sunday
Christmas Day
26 December
Monday
Shared Public Holiday (Christmas)

Religious Holidays in Indonesia

The Indonesian government officially recognizes five religions: Islam, Protestant, Catholic, Buddhist and Hindu. As /images in other countries, each of these religious communities in Indonesia celebrate events that are important to their faith. Some of these are national holidays, others are not. The Ministry of Religion decides the dates on which religious holidays will be held each year. The following are faith-based holidays that are national holidays (tanggal merah) in Indonesia.

Muslim holidays in Indonesia

The dates for many Muslim holidays vary from year to year as they are based on the Islamic or Hijriah calendar, which is 10 to 11 days shorter than the Roman calendar.

Satu Muharam or Tahun Baru Hijrah – Muslim New Year – 1st day of Muharam

Marks the beginning of the new year on the Hijrah calendar.

Maulid Nabi – Birth of the Prophet Mohammad – 12th day of Rabiul Awal

Milad-un Nabi or Maulid (Mawlid) is the birthday celebration of the Prophet Muhammad. The month of Rabi’ al-Awwal (the First Spring Season) of the Islamic Calendar is well known in the entire Muslim world as Shahr al-Mawhid (the Month of Birth) of the Prophet Muhammad. The Prophet Muhammad was born in the Arabian city of Mecca on the 12th day of Rabi-ul-Awwal or the third month of the Muslim lunar year.

Isra Miraj – Ascension of the Prophet Mohammad – 27th day of the 7th month

Commemorates the ascension of the Prophet Mohammad to Heaven. Prayers are held at neighborhood mosques.

Hari Raya Idul Fitri or Lebaran – End of the Ramadan fasting month – 1 Syawal

The end of the month of Ramadan, the Muslim month of fasting. Mass prayers are held in mosques and large open areas around the country. Celebrated with the traditional dish ketupat and visiting with family and friends. Charity donations (amal) are traditionally given at this time. Just prior to Lebaran a mass exodus (mudik) from Jakarta of millions of people occurs as residents return to their villages to celebrate with family and friends. Begging of forgiveness for any transgressions or slights in the past year is expressed during visits, Mohon Maaf Lahir dan Batin. A Lebaran bonus, THR, is traditionally given to all Muslim staff or employees prior to the holidays. In urban areas halal-bihalal (mutual begging of pardon) gatherings are held. This is the time of year when Muslims traditionally buy new clothes.

Idul Adha or Lebaran Haji – Muslim Day of Sacrifice – 10th day of Dzulhijjah

Commemorates Abraham’s willingness to sacrifice his son upon God’s command. Falls at the end of the annual Haj pilgrimage to Mecca. Mass prayers are held in mosques and large open areas around the country. Animals are sacrificed and the meat is given to the poor.

 

Christian holidays in Indonesia

Christian holidays fall on the same days as in other countries. The following are national holidays: Wafat Isa Almasih – Good Friday – Commemorates the death of Jesus
Hari Paskah – Easter – Celebrates the day Jesus arose from the dead
Kenaikan Isa Almasih – Ascension of Christ- Commemorates the day Jesus ascended into Heaven
Hari Natal – Christmas – Celebrates the birth of Jesus Christ.

Hindu holidays in Indonesia

Hari Raya Galungan – Galungan

Celebrates the coming of the Gods and the ancestral spirits to earth to dwell again in the homes of the descendants. The festivities are characterized by offerings, dances and new clothes.

Hari Raya Nyepi – Nyepi

Hindu Day of Silence or the Hindu New Year in the Balinese Saka calendar. The largest celebrations are held in Bali as well as in Balinese Hindu communities around Indonesia. On New Year’s Eve the villages are cleaned, food is cooked for two days and in the evening as much noise is made as possible to scare away the devils. On the following day, Hindus do not leave their homes, cook or engage in any activity. Streets are deserted, and tourists are not allowed to leave hotel complexes.

The broadcast facilities in Bali are also shut down for 24 hours from sunrise on Nyepi as a sign of respect for the beliefs of the Balinese people during the 24 hours of absolute silence. If you are in Bali in the days prior to Nyepi, you’ll notice a lot of Melasti ceremonies at the beach, enjoy the processions and he noices on Nyepi eve, and a very quiet day stuck in your hotel or home on the actual Day of Silence.

Buddhist holidays in Indonesia

Hari Waisak – Waisak Day – Vesak – May

Commemorates the birth, enlightenment and death of Gautama Buddha. This celebration is enlivened by religious and social activities in Buddhist temples around the country. In Indonesia, the largest Buddhist temples, Candi Mendut and Candi Borobudur, both located in the Magelang Regency of Central Java not far from Yogyakarta, are the focus of interest and attract those observing the holiday and tourists.

Three major historical events are celebrated on Waisak. The first is the birth of Siddhartha Gautama. The second is the acceptance of the divine revelation under the Bodhi tree. And the third is the journey of Siddhartha Gautama to heaven. These three big events occur exactly on the Full Moon Purnama Sidhi. Thus, Waisak is also very well known as Tri Suci Waisak or Three Holy Events. Buddhists celebrate Waisak by praying to their God Sang Tri Ratna as thanks giving for creating and maintaining the earth and its resources in harmony. It is very common for Buddhists to celebrate Waisak with the presentation of fruit, flowers and candles. For Buddhists, candles symbolize their philosophy of life, the sought-after enlightenment. Provinces with a relatively high percentage of Buddhists are Jakarta, Riau, North Sumatra, and West Borneo. Two of the large Buddhist monasteries are located in North Jakarta (Sunter) and West Java (Pacet), where traditional celebrations can be witnessed.

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