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Indonesian 2019 Public Holidays Announced

Source: Situs Resmi Kementerian Koordinator Bidang Kesejahteraan Rakyat (Jakarta)
Posted: Thursday, November 15, 2018
Updated: Tuesday, August 27, 2019


The government of Indonesia has finally issued its annual decree ("Surat Keputusan Bersama (SKB) Hari Libur Nasional dan Cuti Bersama Tahun 2019") designating the list of Indonesian public holidays and collective leave days ("cuti bersama") for the calendar year 2019, for both the private and public sectors.

For 2019, the aforementioned decree from the Ministry of Religious Affairs, the Indonesian Ministry of Manpower and Transmigration, and the Ministry of Administrative Reform, designates 4 additional days of joint leave (Cuti Bersama), one less than some past years (2017-10-03, 2012-07-20 and 2011-07-14) but the same as 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), although the list of 2018 non-working public holidays in Indonesia was later extended (2018-06-22 and 2018-04-18).

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.

The list national non-working public holidays in Indonesia in 2019, comes many months later than usual, even later than last year's very late announcement (2017-10-03), and includes the recent addition of May 1st and June 1st as an annual non-working public holidays in Indonesia (2016-11-29 and 2013-08-14).

We can expect a parallel list of the official bank holidays in Indonesia to be announced in the coming months (2017-12-24, 2016-12-28 and 2016-01-10).



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