Friday, August 30, 2013

Public holidays 2014 in Indonesia

Helloooo..! In August 2014, the Indonesian people have enjoyed the 2 days of national holiday, that is: Eid al-Fitr 1434 Hijri on 8-9 August 2014 and the Independence Day of the Republic of Indonesia on 17 August 2014. Approximately four months onward, the year 2013 will end. According to the Chinese calendar, the year of snake will be replaced with the year of horse at the time of the Chinese New Year 2565 on 31 January 2014. For those of you who want to plan the agenda in 2014, need to pay attention to the official national holiday schedule and also the so-called "Cuti Bersama" (en: Joint Holiday) which has been declared by the three ministers on August 21, 2013 in Jakarta, as follows:
National Holidays in 2014 (translated in English in parentheses, appologize if incorrect) :
  • 1 January (Wednesday): Tahun Baru 2014 (New Year 2014).
  • 14 January (Tuesday): Maulid Nabi Muhammad SAW (Birth of the Prophet).
  • 31 January (Friday): Tahun Baru Imlek 2565 (Chinese New Year 2565, also known as Lunar New Year).
  • 31 March (Monday): Nyepi Tahun Baru Saka 1936 (Day of Silence or Saka New Year 1936).
  • 18 April (Friday): Wafat Isa Al Masih (Easter Friday).
  • 1 May (Thursday): Hari Buruh Internasional (International Workers' Day).
  • 15 May (Thursday): Hari Raya Waisak 2558 (Vesak Day).
  • 27 May (Tuesday): Isra' Mi'raj Nabi Muhammad SAW (Isra' Mi'raj of Prophet Muhammad SAW or Ascension of Prophet Muhammad).
  • 29 May (Thursday): Kenaikan Isa Al Masih (Ascension of Jesus Christ).
  • 28-29 July (Monday-Tuesday): Hari Raya Idul Fitri 1435 Hijriah (Eid al-Fitr 1435 Hijri).
  • 17 August (Sunday): Hari Kemerdekaan RI (Independence Day of the Republic of Indonesia).
  • 5 October (Sunday): Hari Raya Idul Adha 1435 Hijriah (Eid al-Adha 1435 Hijri).
  • 25 October (Saturday): Tahun Baru Hijriah 1436 (Hijri New Year 1436, also known as Islamic New Year).
  • 25 December (Thursday): Hari Raya Natal (Christmas).
In addition to national holiday in 2014 the government still giving time for "Cuti Bersama" (en: Joint Holiday) as public holidays:
  • 30-31 July and 1 August (Wednesday, Thursday, Friday): Cuti berama Idul Fitri (Joint holiday for Eid al-Fitr 1435 Hijri).
  • 26 December (Friday): Cuti bersama Natal (Joint Holiday for Christmas).
Joint holiday was meant to give sufficient time for the people to prepare to return to work and be more fresh after celebrating their religious holidays.

Indonesia calendar 2014
What is interesting in 2014? Ahaa ... International Workers' Day on 1 May has been declared as a national holiday in accordance with "Keputusan Presiden Nomor 24 Tahun 2013" (en: Presidential Decree No. 24 Year 2013). So, in total there are 14 national holidays, even 4 holidays that fall in May 2014. Enough for a year? (ahemm...).

What is not exciting? First, companies reduced the number of annual leave by the number of joint holidays. Second, the government not yet giving Joint Holiday for Vesak Day, Day of Silence and Lunar New Year.

If we look at May 2014, there are 2 working days (date 26 and 28) flanked by the 2 holidays, and date 30 flanked by a holiday and a half working day (Saturday, 31). For this case in Indonesia, people usually dub it as "Hari Terjepit Nasional" (my translation in English is "National Wedged Day") with the hope such days will be included as holiday.

May this post beneficial for you super busy man to draw up schedule in 2014. Pssttt... may also beneficial for printing business which in the near future will be flooded by the request to print calendar 2014 (laughing...ha..ha..).

Special note: This post was published because... while draw up my schedule in 2014 (how about you?), suddenly I miss blogging world. Warm regards for Ramana in India, Jim and Neil in Australia, Colson in Netherland, and Jean in America. Hopefully I and your blog readers can read the unique holidays in your country.

9 comments:

  1. First of all I hope you will keep up your present blogging mood. Secondly the number of Indonesian public holidays is really impressive. And thirdly we Dutch have them as well: New Year, Easter Monday, King's Day, Liberation Day, Ascension Day, Whitsuntide ( Monday), Christmas & Boxing Day ( Christmas).

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    1. For sure we don't have King's Day. You will be more impressive if know that there are 21 local holidays in Bali province for this year, like Galungan Day, Kuningan Day, Pagerwesi Day, Saraswati Day, Siwa Ratri Day, Ngembak Geni Day, etc, etc. Whether in Netherland have the so-called Joint Holidays?

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    2. Hesitant discussions have started to limit the number of traditional Christian public holidays ( Easter Monday or Whitsuntide) and introduce one or two Muslim public holidays. But no plans for a genuine Joint Holiday I'm aware of. May be because ours is as much a secular country as Indonesia is a religious one.

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  2. I was just in Jakarta for Idul Fitri. The timing was perfect, but accidental. Didn't realize how important it is to plan trips around holidays. It made the traffic much less of a challenge. Thus, the schedule is quite helpful.

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    1. You are right. During Idul Fitri, the roads in Jakarta not jammed. You may click the image above to enlarge - download - print.

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  3. Thanks for mentioning me. I hope you find time to blog again soon.

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  4. I've been dreaming a lot about New York lately, even though I've never been there, maybe it's some kind of sign

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  5. betul SOB,
    nanti ada 2 hari besar yang harus diperingati, pasti tambah rame dan meriah, apalagi kalo lebarannya bareng semua ya, wuih bakalan mantap tuh, xexexe

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  6. This is quite a number of public holidays you have here. A good bit of information to hang onto for those wanting to plan a holiday in this part of the world. As an option maybe travellers could consider scheduling a stay at Keraton at The Plaza Jakarta in and around these holidays.

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