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The government of Timor Leste has announced that it had once again decided to grant an additional day-off public sector holiday ("Governu deside fó toleránsia pontu iha loron 5 fulan Marsu tinan 2014") for Ash Wednesday, on Wednesday, March 5, 2014, to to all employees of ministries, departments and State agencies including all State institutes and bodies.
As per the aforementioned announcement, the public holiday on Wednesday, March 5, 2014, is given as "Among the official commemorative dates is 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 the day of Wednesday 5 of March, 2014 off.".
Ash Wednesday was also declared a public sector holiday for the past 3 years (2013-02-11, 2012-02-17 and 2011-03-07), as were Holy Thursday and Easter Monday (2013-03-25, 2012-04-04 and 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 month's (2014-02-05) list of official public holidays in Timor Leste for the calendar year 2014.
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