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The government of Timor Leste has announced that it had once again decided to grant a day-off public sector holiday for Ash Wednesday, on Wednesday, February 22, 2012, all day, to all employees and agents of the ministries or departments depending on them, as well as institutes and organizations included in indirect State administration.
As per the aforementioned announcement, the public holiday on Wednesday, February 22, 2012, is given as "Ash Wednesday is one of the solemnities that is of great importance for the Christian Community: it is the first day of Lent in the catholic calendar".
Last year (2011-03-07), Ash Wednesday had also been declared a public sector holiday, as were Holy Thursday and Easter Monday (2011-04-11).
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 (2005-08-12) and last year's (2011-12-28) list of official public holidays in Timor Leste for the upcoming calendar year 2012.
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