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Indonesian 2014 Idul Adha Public Holiday Spat
 
(Posted on Thursday, September 25, 2014)

Source: The Jakarta Post (ANTARA)

Once again, Indonesia's Muhammadiyah, the second-largest Muslim organization in Indonesia, is challenging the officially announced date of the upcoming Idul Adha (Feast of Sacrifice) non-working public holiday in 2014 in Indonesia, with some Muhammadiyah officials agreeing to accept the date of Sunday, October 5, 2014, while others stick to their "hisab hakiki" (astronomical observation) date of Saturday, October 4, 2014.

Though not systematically (18-Nov-2009), in the past (16-Jul-2012, 20-Oct-2011, 10-Nov-2010, 12-Oct-2007, and 24-Oct-2006), Indonesia's Muslims have celebrated Muslim festivals on separate dates, depending on whether they belonged to the Muhammadiyah or the Nahdlatul Ulama Muslim organizations.

Essentially, the difference stems from Nahdlatul Ulama's reliance on pseudo-observational calculations based on local events (sunset, moonset,...), while Muhammadiyah relies on the Saudi Umm al-Qura calendar.

The past 2 preceding years (15-Oct-2012), Indonesian Muslims celebrated the Islamic Day of Sacrifice, or Idul Adha, on the same date. This year, Muhammadiyah chairman, Yunahar Ilyas, is reported as saying that he would respect the government's decision to announce a different date for the celebration of Idul Adha. However, Syamsul Arif, another official with Muhammadiyah, is quoted as rejecting the date of October 4th.

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