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Indonesian 2018 Public Holidays Amended

Source: Situs Resmi Kementerian Koordinator Bidang Kesejahteraan Rakyat (Jakarta)
Posted on Wednesday, April 18, 2018


The government of Indonesia has issued a revised and expanded version of its previously-released annual decree ("Surat Keputusan Bersama (SKB) Hari Libur Nasional dan Cuti Bersama Tahun 2018") designating the list of Indonesian public holidays and collective leave days ("cuti bersama") for the calendar year 2018, for both the private and public sectors.

The original list of 2018 public holidays in Indonesia (2017-10-03), in a decree from the Ministry of Religious Affairs, the Indonesian Ministry of Manpower and Transmigration, and the Ministry of Administrative Reform, designated 5 additional days of joint leave (Cuti Bersama), one more than was the case for the past four years (2017-04-18, 2016-12-28, 2016-04-14, 2015-06-26, 2014-05-07, 2014-10-24, 2015-02-22 and 2013-08-23), but in line with what was done the 2 years before that (2012-07-20 and 2011-07-14), when there were 5.

Today's revised decree ("Pemerintah Revisi Hari Libur Nasional Dan Cuti Bersama 2018") adds 3 collective leave days ("cuti bersama") for the calendar year 2018.

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.


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