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The government of Timor Leste has announced that it had once again decided to extend the 2016 annual Easter non-working public holidays in Timor Leste by declaring an additional day-off public sector holiday (toleránsia pontu) for Maundy Thursday, on Thursday, March 24, 2016.
As per the aforementioned announcement, this one-off public sector holidays is granted to "all employees of ministries, departments and State agencies including all State institutes and other Bodies".
The aforementioned full day public holiday on Thursday, March 24, 2016, is given as Holy Thursday "is the last day of Lent in the catholic religion's calendar, and is one of the solemnities of great importance to the Christian Community in Timor-Leste. Therefore the Government grants this day off, on Thursday, 24th of March, 2016.".
Contrary to the Easter public sector holidays declared in previous years (2014-04-15, 2013-03-25, 2012-04-04 and 2011-04-11), but in line with what happened last year (2015-03-31), in 2016, there will be no public sector holiday Easter Monday in Timor Leste.
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 2016, which was announced at the beginning of this year (2016-01-29).
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