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The government of Indonesia has issued its final annual decree ("Surat Keputusan Bersama (SKB) Hari Libur Nasional dan Cuti Bersama Tahun 2017") designating the list of Indonesian public holidays and collective leave days ("cuti bersama") for the calendar year 2017, for both the private and public sectors.
For 2017, as was the case for the past 3 years (2015-06-26, 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.
Work on the list national non-working public holidays in Indonesia in 2017, was begun a couple of months ago (2016-02-22), and 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, and we can expect a parallel list of the official bank holidays in Indonaesia to be announced in the coming months (2016-01-10).
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