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The government of Timor Leste has announced that it had once again decided to declare day-off public sector holidays for Maundy Thursday and Easter Monday, on April 5 and 9, 2012, respectively.
As per the aforementioned announcement, these 2 one-off public sector holidays are granted to "all staff and agents of the Ministries or dependent services, as well as the institutes and organisms integrated in the State's indirect administration".
The public holiday on Thursday, April 5, 2012, is given as "Holy Thursday,..., is the last day of Lent and the beginning of the Pascal Triduo in the catholic religion's calendar, and is one of the solemnities of great importance to the Christian Community in Timor-Leste".
However, contrary to last year's Easter public sector holidays (2011-04-11), this year's Easter Monday public sector holiday has been grated for the full day "to allow the return to the place of residence, after the celebration of Easter Sunday with their family, in the Districts".
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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