Public holidays in Indonesia

The following table indicates declared Indonesian government national holidays for the year 2016 only—cultural variants also provide opportunity for holidays tied to local events. Beside official holidays, there are the so-called "libur bersama" or "cuti bersama", or joint leave(s) declared nationwide by the government. In total there are 14 public holidays, and 9 "cuti bersama" or joint holidays.

2016 public holidays

Date (Gregorian calendar) Date (Religious calendar) English name Local name Remarks
1 January New Year's Day Tahun Baru Masehi
8 February Chinese New Year Tahun Baru Imlek 1st day of 1st month of Chinese calendar
9 March Kasa 1 Pawukon 40 Day of Silence Hari Raya Nyepi (Tahun Baru Saka) New Year of Balinese saka calendar
25 March Good Friday Wafat Yesus Kristus (Jumat Agung) Date varies; this is the Friday before Easter Sunday, which is the first Sunday after the first Paschal Full Moon following the official vernal equinox
1 May Labour Day Hari Buruh Internasional
5 May Ascension Day Kenaikan Yesus Kristus
6 May Rajab 27 Ascension of the Prophet Isra Mi'raj Nabi Muhammad Date varies according to the Islamic calendar
22 May Every May of Vaisakha Buddha's Birthday Hari Raya Waisak Date varies according to the Buddhist calendar
6 – 7 July Shawwal 1-2 Eid al-Fitr Idul Fitri (Lebaran Mudik) Date varies according to the Islamic calendar
17 August Independence Day Hari Proklamasi Kemerdekaan R.I. Mr. Soekarno and Mr. Hatta as the proclamator
12 September Dhu al-Hijjah 10 Feast of the Sacrifice Idul Adha (Lebaran Haji) Date varies according to the Islamic calendar
2 October Muharram 1 Islamic New Year Tahun Baru Islam 1438 Hijriah 1st day of the Muharram, the beginning of the new Islamic year
12 December Rabi' al-awwal 12 Birth of the Prophet Maulid Nabi Muhammad Birthday of the Islamic prophet Muhammad
25 December Christmas Hari Natal

Other observances

In addition to the official holidays, many religious, historical, and other traditional holidays populate the calendar, as well as observances proclaimed by officials and lighter celebrations. These are rarely observed by businesses as holidays.

Date (Gregorian calendar) English name Local name Year established Remarks
Dates vary Galungan and Kuningan Galungan & Kuningan
Dates vary Lantern Festival Cap Go Meh "Ending of 15th days celebration of Chinese New Year"
6 April National Fisherman Day[1] Hari Nelayan Nasional
21 April Kartini Day Hari Kartini "Women Emancipation Day"
22 April Earth Day Hari Bumi
2 May National Education Day Hari Pendidikan Nasional1959In remembrance of Ki Hajar Dewantara's birthday, a prominent Indonesian educator.
20 May National Awakening Day Hari Kebangkitan Nasional 1985In remembrance of the 1908 formation of the first nationalist group, Budi Utomo.
1 JunePancasila Day Hari Lahir Pancasila 1967Commemorates Sukarno's 1945 address regarding his views on the Pancasila ideology. National holiday from 2017 [2]
23 July National Children Day Hari Anak Nasional
1 October Pancasila Sanctity Day Hari Kesaktian Pancasila The day after the 30 September Movement coup attempt
2 OctoberNational Batik Day Hari Batik Nasional 2009 The international designation of the Indonesian batik as a Masterpiece of Oral and Intangible Heritage of Humanity in 2009.[3]
5 October Indonesian National Armed Forces Day Hari Tentara Nasional Indonesia The founding of Tentara Keamanan Rakyat ("People's Security Army"), the predecessor of TNI.
28 October Youth Pledge Day Hari Sumpah Pemuda 1967 Commemoration of the 1928 Youth Pledge
30 October Indonesian Banknote Day Hari Oeang, Hari Keuangan Republik Indonesia The printing of the first Oeang Republik Indonesia, the first 'Indonesian rupiah' bank note, in 1946.[4]
10 November Heroes' Day Hari Pahlawan Commemoration of the 1945 Battle of Surabaya
12 November Father's Day Hari Ayah Established in 2006 following international trend of Father's Day.[5]
12 November National Health Day Hari Kesehatan Nasional Marks the day when Sukarno officially begins the malaria eradication project by spraying DDT in the village of Kalasan (1959).[6]
14 November Mobile Brigade Day[1] Hari Brigade Mobil Founding of the Mobile Brigade in 1946.
14 November World Diabetes Day Hari Diabetes Sedunia International observance.
13 December Nusantara Day Hari Nusantara 2001The recognition of the boundary of the Indonesian archipelago, started with the announcement of the Deklarasi Djoeanda on December 13, 1957, which eventually leads to the recognition of the principles of the Nusantara in the United Nations Convention on the Law of the Sea in 1982.[7]
22 December Mother's Day Hari Ibu 1959

See also


  1. 1 2 "Hari-Hari Penting di Indonesia" [Important observances in Indonesia]. Sekretariat Kabinet Republik Indonesia. Sekretariat Kabinet Republik Indonesia. July 3, 2015. Archived from the original on August 10, 2016. Retrieved August 10, 2016.
  2. Eko Prasetyo (1 June 2016). "Jokowi Announces Public Holiday for Pancasila Day". The Jakarta Globe. Retrieved 13 September 2016.
  3. Keppres Nomor 33 Tahun 2009
  4. History of Indonesian Money accessed on 6 March 2015
  6. "Hari Kesehatan Nasional" [National Health Day]. Pusat Promosi Kesehatan - Kementerian Kesehatan Republik Indonesia (in Indonesian). Direktorat Promosi Kesehatan dan Pemberdayaan Masyarakat. 2016. Archived from the original on February 13, 2016. Retrieved February 13, 2016.
  7. Keppres no 126 tahun 2001

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