Source: Press Release Government Of Timor-Leste (Dili)
Earlier today, the government of Timor Leste announced that it had once again decided to grant an additional day-off public sector holiday in Timor Leste ("Governu deside fσ tolerαnsia pontu iha loron 10 fulan-fevereiru tinan 2016") for Ash Wednesday, on Wednesday, February 10, 2016, to to all employees of ministries, departments and State agencies including all State institutes and other Bodies.
As per the aforementioned announcement, the public holiday on the morning of Wednesday, February 18, 2015, is given as "Among the official commemorative dates is the Ash Wednesday, which each year has a variable date. Ash Wednesday is a solemn day of great importance for the Christian Community: it is the first day of Lent in the Catholic calendar that occurs forty days before Easter. Therefore the Government grants this day off, on Wednesday, 10th February 2016.".
Ash Wednesday was also declared a public sector holiday for the past 5 years (16-Feb-2015, 01-Mar-2014, 11-Feb-2013, 17-Feb-2012 and 07-Mar-2011), as were Holy Thursday and Easter Monday (31-Mar-2015, 15-Apr-2014, 25-Mar-2013, 04-Apr-2012 and 11-Apr-2011).
According to the Secretariat of State of the Council of Ministers of Timor Leste, this decision is based on law No.10/2005, which overhauled Timor Leste's public holidays (12-Aug-2005), though the aforementioned declaration of Wednesday, February 10, 2016, as an additional day-off public sector holiday in Timor Leste, is in addition to the recently-released (29-Jan-2016) list of non-working public holidays in Timor Leste for the calendar year 2016.
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