Source:Press Release Government Of Timor-Leste (Dili)
Posted: Thursday, February 11, 2021
The government of Timor Leste has issued an announcement of the declaration of a public sector holiday, on February 12, 2021, on account of Chinese New Year ("Tolerance Day-Off on the Occasion of the Celebration of the Chinese New Year").
In its statement, the Secretariat of State of the Council of Ministers of Timor Leste, states that the aforementioned decision ("Day-off is granted on February 12th, 2021, throughout the day") is based on law No.10/2005, which overhauled Timor Leste's public holidays (2020-02-19), as usual (2020-12-22, 2020-10-29, 2020-08-28, 2020-04-08, 2020-03-16 and 2012-04-04) and that it applies to "all employees, agents and workers of the direct administration of the State, whether central and decentralized , and in the bodies of indirect administration", thus leaving the announced list of 2021 public holidays unchanged as compared to its announcement, last month (2021-01-15).
The announcement "Konsidera toleránsia pontu iha loron 12 fulan-fevereiru tinan 2021, durante loron tomak" contains the preamble that "The Chinese community in our country is already a very old community with a presence of several centuries and has an economic and social importance that deserves the gratitude and recognition of the Timorese." and that "The Chinese New Year is undoubtedly the most important ceremony of the entire Chinese calendar, also known as the Spring Festival, and is also celebrated in many Asian countries." as well as pointing out that "The date is celebrated as a family party and a time dedicated to celebrations, of which the religious ceremonies of thanks to the earth, the skies, the gods of the home and the ancestors stand out.".
Although the declaration of one-off public sector holidays is a regular staple of Timor Leste's calendar, Chinese New Year has only been declared a one-off public sector holiday a few times (2019-02-03, 2018-03-24, 2015-05-11 and 2012-01-20).
Note that Ash Wednesday has also traditionally been declared as a one-off public sector holiday in East Timor (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). This year, Ash Wednesday occurs a few days after Chinese New Year, on Wednesday, February 19, 2021, and so far the East Timor government has not announced if Ash Wednesday would be declared as a public sector holiday, as it was for the past decade.
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