Indonesian 2020 Idul Fitri Public Holidays Changed Again
Source:Situs Resmi Kementerian Koordinator Bidang Kesejahteraan Rakyat (Jakarta)
Posted: Wednesday, May 20, 2020 Updated: Thursday, May 21, 2020
The Indonesian government has announced that this coming Friday, May 22, 2020, would no longer be a day off, as per the third amendment to Decree No. 728 of 2019, Number 213 of 2019, "Concerning National Holidays and Joint Leave in 2020".
The list of Indonesian public holidays and joint leave days for 2020 was initially announced, last summer (2019-08-27), containing 4 additional days of joint leave (Cuti Bersama).
Then, early in 2020 (2020-03-09), the government of Indonesia, amended the decree ("Surat Keputusan Bersama (SKB) Hari Libur Nasional dan Cuti Bersama Tahun 2020") with the addition of a further 4 Cuti Bersama, on May 28-29, August 21 and October 30 ("to increase the spirit of the State Civil Apparatus in working").
But, a month later (2020-04-09), after some hesitation (2020-04-02), the Indonesian Coordinating Ministry for Human Development and Culture announced that the upcoming Idul Fitri (End of Ramadan) joint leave holidays, then scheduled for May 26-29, had been moved to December 28-31, 2020 ("That's right, December 28-31 December 2020").
Today's decree ("Eradicating Joint Leave of Eid Al-Fitr 1441 Hijri on May 22, 2020") was justified by the Coordinating Minister for Human Development and Culture, Muhadjir Effendy, as following a recent meeting ("The brief meeting determined that May 22, 2020 was not a joint leave day for ASN and BUMN employees. So ASN and BUMN employees continue to enter as usual. Not taking leave together, replaced the other day").
The minister did, however mention that, if the Covid19 pandemic eases up in Indonesia, in the coming weeks, then "Lebaran leave together will be advanced at the end of July or early August, coupled with Eid al-Adha", meaning that both Eids would be observed consecutively in late July.
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