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The government of Timor Leste has announced that it had once again decided to grant an additional, half day, day-off public sector holiday ("Governu Konstitusionál Timor-Leste nian deside fó toleránsia pontu iha loron 18 fulan Fevereiru tinan 2015, to'o oras 12") for Ash Wednesday, on Wednesday, February 18, 2015, 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 the morning of Wednesday, February 18, 2015, 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 morning of Wednesday 18 of February, 2015 off.".
Ash Wednesday was also declared a public sector holiday for the past 4 years (2014-03-01, 2013-02-11, 2012-02-17 and 2011-03-07), as were Holy Thursday and Easter Monday (2014-04-15, 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).
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