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Timor Leste Ash Wednesday Public Holiday February 17

Source: Press Release Government Of Timor-Leste (Dili)
Posted: Tuesday, February 16, 2021
Most recent follow-up news item: February 28, 2022

The Presidency of the Council of Ministers of the government of Timor Leste has announced that it had once again decided to grant an additional day-off public sector holiday in Timor Leste, for Ash Wednesday, on Wednesday, February 17, 2021 ("Day Off on February 17th for the celebration of Ash Wednesday").

The aforementioned announcement is titled "Toleránsia Pontu ba loron 17 fulan-fevereiru ba okaziaun selebrasaun loron Kuarta-Feira Sinzas".

The preamble to the announcement mentions "the importance of the celebration of Ash Wednesday for a large number of believers, who participate in large numbers in the religious ceremonies that take place on the occasion of this event" and that "the practice that has been followed previously", before announcing that "Day-off is granted on February 17th, 2021, throughout the day" and that "This order covers all the employees, agents and workers of the direct administration of the State, whether central and decentralized, and in the bodies of indirect administration.".

The announced public holiday on Wednesday, February 17, 2021, is in line with what was done for the past 10 years (2020-02-19, 2019-03-04, 2018-02-12, 2017-02-23, 2016-02-09, 2015-02-16, 2014-03-01, 2013-02-11, 2012-02-17 and 2011-03-07), as were Holy Thursday and Easter Monday (2019-04-15, 2018-03-26, 2015-03-31, 2014-04-15, 2013-03-25, 2012-04-04 and 2011-04-11).

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 "provides that day-off can be given on the occasion of a commemorative official date" while it "enshrines the day of Ash Wednesday as an official commemorative date, with a variable date".

The declaration of Wednesday, February 17, 2021, as an additional day-off public sector holiday in Timor Leste, is in addition to the recently-released (2021-01-15) list of non-working public holidays in Timor Leste for the calendar year 2021.

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