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Indonesian 2016 Public Holidays Announced

Source: Situs Resmi Kementerian Koordinator Bidang Kesejahteraan Rakyat (Jakarta)
Posted: Friday, June 26, 2015
Most recent follow-up news item: September 11, 2020

The government of Indonesia has issued its annual decree ("Surat Keputusan Bersama (SKB) Hari Libur Nasional dan Cuti Bersama Tahun 2016") designating public holidays and collective leave days ("cuti bersama") for the calendar year 2016, for both the private and public sectors.

For 2016, as was the case for the past 2 years (2014-05-07, 2014-10-24, 2015-02-22 and 2013-08-23), the aforementioned decree from the Ministry of Religious Affairs, the Indonesian Ministry of Manpower and Transmigration, and the Ministry of Administrative Reform, designates only 4 additional days of joint leave (Cuti Bersama), contrary to what was done the 2 preceding years (2012-07-20 and 2011-07-14), when there were 5.

The Cuti Bersama were introduced after the 2002 Bali bombings (2002-11-07) to promote internal tourism as a means to compensate diminishing foreign tourism. The number of these additional public holidays rose from 3 in 2002 to 6 in 2008 (2007-05-31), but then later in 2008, the number of these was sharply reduced (2008-02-05), while subsequent years' announcements (2010-06-15, 2011-07-14 and 2012-02-01) brought the total of Cuti Bersama close to the pre-2008 counts.

The list national non-working public holidays in Indonesia in 2016, will include the recent addition of May 1st as an annual non-working public holiday in Indonesia (2013-08-14), as per Presidential Decree No. 24 of 2013.

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