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The government of Timor-Leste has announced that it had decided to amend the list of 2015 public holidays in Timor Lest by declaring a one-off non-working public sector holiday in Timor Leste (toleránsia pontu) on Wednesday, May 13, 2015, on account of the community celebration of "Our Lady of Fatima and Her message to the People".
As per the aforementioned announcement ("The Government has decided to grant the day-off on May 13th, 2015, from 12:30 p.m."), this one-off public sector holidays is granted to "to all public servants and agents of the Ministries or dependent services, as well as to the institutes and bodies that are indirectly part of the State administration".
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 the list of official public holidays in Timor Leste for the calendar year 2015, which was announced at the beginning of this year (2015-02-27).
In the past, there have been numerous occasions when the Government of Timor-Leste has declared one-off non-working public sector holidays; for Chinese New Year (2012-01-20), Ash Wednesday (2015-02-16, 2014-03-01, 2013-02-11, 2012-02-17 and 2011-03-07), Holy Thursday and/or Easter Monday (2015-03-31, 2014-04-15, 2013-03-25, 2012-04-04 and 2011-04-11), as well as Assumption (2014-08-13 and 2011-08-08), but this is the first time that the Government of Timor-Leste has declared one-off non-working public sector holiday on account of "Our Lady of Fatima and Her message to the People".
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