Tuesday, June 26, 2012

Indonesia Public Holidays 2012

Indonesia Public Holidays 2012
Indonesia recognises 14 public holidays. These are vastly compiled of religious celebrations. However, there are a few which are not religious based. Each one is greatly honoured. Below is a list of each of these holidays.
New Year’s Day, January 1st
The first Indonesian holiday celebrated in the year is New Year’s day. Indonesia follows the traditional Gregorian calendar. As a result, the first day of the year is observed on January 1st.
Chinese Lunar New Year, January 23rd
In 2002 Chinese New Year became recognized as a public holiday. This is also known as Imlek Day. It is celebrated in many parts with major festivals.
Maulid Nabi (The Birth of Prophet Muhammad SAW) February 5th
This celebrates the birthday of the prophet Muhammad pbuh. This Indonesia public holiday 2012 is determined by the Islamic colander.
Day of Silence (Nyepi) March 23rd
This is the celebration of the coming of the Saka New Year of 1931. Out of honour the island of Bali observes complete silence. This silence lasts from 6 pm to 6am. The night prior to the silence vow is filled with festivities and celebration along the beaches. This is a time of great joy.
Good Friday, April 6th
This is a Christian holiday. However, it is widely celebrated by Christians throughout Indonesia. This honours and commemorates the crucifixion of Jesus.
Vesak Day, May 6th
This is a Buddhist holiday celebrating the life and death of Gautama Buddha.
The Ascension of Jesus Christ, May 17th
To celebrate the day when Jesus was taken to heaven.
Isra Mi’raj, The Ascension of Prophet Muhammad SAW, June 17th
To celebrate the journey of the prophet it the year of 621. This holiday is focused greatly on educating the children
Independence Day, August 17th
This holiday celebrates the birth of the Republic of Indonesia. Many great festivals are held during this time.
Eid ul Fitr, August 19th – 20th
This is a Muslim holiday celebrating the completion of Ramadhan, the month of fasting.
Eid-al-Adha, October 26th
This is a Muslim Holiday. It is a celebration of Ibrahim choice to sacrifice his son Ismael to show his obedience to God.
Muharram, November 15th
A celebration of the first month of the Islamic calendar.
Christmas, December 25th
This is a Christian holiday. It is the celebration of the birth of Jesus.

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