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The government of Timor Leste has announced that it had once again decided to extend the 2016 annual All Saints Day and All Souls Day non-working public holidays in Timor Leste by declaring an additional day-off public sector holiday (toleránsia pontu) for Thursday, November 3, 2016 ("Governu deside ona hodi fó toleránsia pontu iha loron 3 fulan-novembru tinan 2016").
As per the aforementioned announcement, this one-off public sector holidays is granted to "all employees and agents of ministries, departments and State agencies including all State institutes and other Bodies".
The aforementioned full day public holiday in Timor Leste on Thursday, November 3, 2016, is given as the All Saints Day and All Souls Day "solemn days have great significance for the Christian community, which, following a catholic tradition that dates back to the 2nd century, visit the tombs of the martyrs and all their loved ones.".
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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