Indonesia Holidays

Indonesia Holiday Indonesia HolidaysIndonesia is rich with cultural celebrations followed by various religious festivals and holidays. Although many of them are celebrated in small areas only, such as Hindu festivals in Bali, there are also some religious celebrations which are recognized as the public Indonesia holidays applied by all Indonesian, despite of the believe they have. The Indonesia holidays cover as follows :

The most important month during the year is Ramadhan, the Muslim fasting month. During the Ramadhan month, the Muslims are not allowed to take anything passing through their lips, such as drink, food, smoke, from the sunrise to the sunset. Muslim people get up early before the dawn to have some meals, and it is called as sahur. After that they will commonly go to work a bit late in the day, and then go home earlier in order to have the break fast (buka puasa) on time, which at sunset. People who are not Muslim and also any Muslim travelling to certain places (Musafir) may not have the fasting, but they should respect the fasting people by not drinking or eating in public. Many restaurants close during the day and those that stay open (e.g., hotel restaurants) maintain a low profile, with curtains covering the windows. During Ramadhan, all forms of nightlife including bars, nightclubs, karaoke and massage parlours close by midnight, and (especially in more devout areas) quite a few opt to stay closed entirely. Business travellers will notice that things move at an even more glacial pace than usual and, especially towards the end of the month, many people will take leave.

After the Ramadhan month, the climax will be on the Idul Fitri days. The Indonesia holidays for Idul Fitri or Lebaran is taking two days. At these holidays, more than half of the Indonesian people will commonly take a week or two weeks off to go back to their origin region to visit their families. It is known as mudik that means going home. During this mudik season, Jakarta will be free from any traffic jams, but the rest of the country, especially Java, Bali, Sumatera will be stuck with lots of mudik transportations. Because of this situation, it is highly suggested to avoid travelling during these Indonesia holidays. For your information, any governmental offices and embassies are also closed during this holiday season.

Other Muslim holidays include Idul Adha (the sacrifice day), Isra Mi’raj Muhammad SAW, Hijra (Islamic new year) and Maulid Muhammad SAW. Christian holidays include Christmas, Ascension Day, Good Friday, while the Hindu New Year of Nyepi (March-April) bring Bali to a standstill and Buddhists get a day off for Waisak (Buddha’s birthday), celebrated with processions around Borobudur. Non-religious holidays include New Year (1 Jan), Imlek (Chinese New Year) in Jan-Feb and Independence Day (17 Aug).

The Indonesia holidays dates are based on a variety of lunar calendars. Therefore, the dates of the Indonesia holidays related to the religious celebrations are changing from year to year. There is a policy to change the official holiday date by the Ministry of Labor if the holidays come near to the weekend. The official day off for workers also include what’s so called as cuti bersama (taking days off together). These are generally taken for the Idul Fitri holidays.