Indonesia Public Holidays 2013

Indonesia Public Holidays 2013:
Being an Islamic country, most of the public holidays in Indonesia is based on the Islamic religious festivals. There are about five Islamic religious holidays in Indonesia. With the below list of public holidays for 2013 in Indonesia, plan your visit to meet your family and friends and have an enjoyable year ahead.

Holiday                                             Date                            Weekday

New Year’s Day                            1st January 2013               Tuesday

The Prophet

Mohammad’s Birthday                  24th January                      Thursday

Chinese New Year                        10th February                     Sunday

Hari Raya Nyepi                            12th March                          Tuesday

Good Friday                                   29th March 2013                 Friday

Ascension Day of
Jesus Christ                                   9th May 2013                      Thursday

Vesak Day                                      5th May 2013                      Saturday

Ascension of the Prophet               5th June 2013                     Wednesday

Fid-al-Fitr                                        8th August 2013                  Thursday

Independence Day                        17th August 2013                 Saturday

Eid-al-Adha                                   15th October 2013                Tuesday

Muharram                                     5th November 2013               Tuesday

Christmas Day                              25th December 2013            Wednesday

New Year’s Day 2013: New Year’s Day is celebrated on the first day of every year according to Gregorian calendar, to bid farewell to the last year and to welcome a fresh year with lot of hope.

Prophet Mohammad’s Birthday: Prophet Mohammad’s birthday is called as Mawlid or Mevlid or Mulud and it celebrated during Rabi’ al-Awwal, the third month in the Islamic calendar. Shias Muslims celebrate it on the 17th day of the month and Sunni Muslims celebrate it on the 12th day of the month. Since this day is calculated on the Islamic calendar which is the lunar calendar, the date differs with the widely used Gregorian calendar. In Indonesia the day is given huge importance and celebrated with liveliness and glory

Chinese New Year 2013: Chinese New Year’s celebration in Indonesia is known as Imlek. Chinese New Year or Spring Festival is one of the famous traditional Chinese holidays and the festival begins on the first day of the first month in Chinese calendar and ends on the 15th day which is on the Lantern festival. Chinese immigrants who moved to Indonesia started celebrating this festival and it is being carried to generations. It was only during 2002, Chinese New year was added to the Indonesian public holiday’s calendar, thus bringing immense pleasure to the Chinese Indonesians.

Hari Raya Nyepi 2013: Nyepi means the Day of silence. This is a Hindu festival celebrated in Indonesia mainly in Bali. During ‘Nyepi’ period people avoid going out of their house and keep lights dim. This day is reserved for self-reflection and self-purifying.

Good Friday 2013:  Good Friday also known as Holy Friday or Black Friday or Easter Friday, memorializes the death of Jesus Christ on the cross. It marks the end of the Holy Week and is observed on the Friday, two days before Easter Sunday.

Ascension Day of Jesus Christ: The resurrection of Jesus happened on the Good Friday and Jesus was taken to heaven by his eleven apostles after 40 days of resurrection. Thus Ascension of Jesus Christ is commemorated 40 days after resurrection of Jesus.

Vesak Day 2013: Buddhism is practiced in many Asian countries and this Vesak Day is to celebrate the birth, enlightenment and death of Gautama Buddha. In Indonesia, the Vesak Day is celebrated by the Buddhism practicing Indonesians.

Ascension of Prophet 2013: This is an Islamic religious holiday and it commemorates the death of Prophet Mohammed and his ascend to Heaven to talk to god.

Eid al Fitr 2013: Eid is an Arabic word meaning “festivity”, while Fitr means “to break the fast”. Hari Raya Puasa or Eid al Fitr is to celebrate the end of the Islamic fasting month Ramadan. This day is calculated based on the lunar calendar and hence it changes every year.

Independence Day 2013: Indonesian got their independence at 10.00 am on august 17 1945 from Netherlands. Indonesians celebrate this day to mark the beginning of the diplomatic and armed resistance of the Indonesian National Revolution.

Eid al-Adha  2013: Eid al-Adha means “Festival of Sacrifice”.  Fid-al-Adha or Hari Raya Haji is the Festival of Sacrifice in Islamic religion. This holiday is to memorialize the willingness of Ibrahim to sacrifice his son Ismael to Allah.

Muharram 2013: The word Muharram is derived from the word Haram meaning sinful. Muharram is the first month in the Islamic calendar and fighting is prohibited in this month. The date is calculated based on the lunar calendar which is the Islamic calendar and the date differs every year.Some Muslims fast during this day.

Christmas 2013: Christmas is a Christian public holiday to celebrate the birth of Jesus Christ on the 25th December. Though Indonesia is a Muslim country, Christmas is a public holiday in Indonesia.

Happy Holidays 2013 Indonesia

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