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Indonesia Extends End Of Ramadan Public Holidays To 10 Days

Source: Situs Resmi Kementerian Koordinator Bidang Kesejahteraan Rakyat (Jakarta)
Posted: Wednesday, April 6, 2022
Most recent follow-up news item: May 1, 2022

The Indonesian government has finally approved an extended period of joint leave (cuti bersama) for the upcoming Eid Al-Fitr 1443 AH, in a joint decree that is expected to be released soon by the Minister of Religion, the Minister of Manpower, and the Minister of Administrative Reform and Bureaucratic Reform.

Recall that the initially-released list of 2022 public holidays in Indonesia did not designate any additional days of joint leave, though Coordinating Minister for Human Development and Culture, Muhadjir Effendy, had left the door open for this to be remedied at a later date (2021-09-22).

As recently as the middle of last month, Minister Effendi was announcing that the government had not yet set any joint leave extension of the Eid Al-Fitr 2022 Indonesian public holidays (2022-03-15).

Today's announced dates for the upcoming Eid Al-Fitr joint leave are Friday, April 29, as well as Tuesday to Thursday, May 4-6, 2022. Combined with the May 2-3 public holidays for the End of Ramadan, and the adjoining weekends, this comes to 10 consecutive days.

As the initial May 2-3 public holidays for the End of Ramadan are now part of a 10-day string of holidays, the joint decree makes no mention of the actual date of the upcoming Eid Al-Fitr, in the context of the recent announcement that Indonesia would use new criteria for determining the hilal at the beginning of the Hijri month, as per the agreement between the Ministers of Brunei Darussalam, Indonesia, Malaysia and Singapore in 2021 (2022-02-23 and 2021-10-21).

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 initial list of 2021 public holidays and collective leave days in Indonesia (2020-09-11) was later reduced by 5 days (2021-02-22, 2021-02-18 and 2021-02-15), then reduced by another day (2021-06-18 and 2021-06-16), before a final amendment led to the cancellation of the last remaining collective leave day, on Friday, December 24, 2021, as well a shift of one day in the previously-announced dates of the 2021 public holidays for Islamic New Year and Prophet Muhammad’s birthday (2021-06-18).

The initially-released list of 2020 public holidays in Indonesia (2019-08-27) was also modified, many times (2020-12-01, 2020-11-24, 2020-11-23, 2020-10-19, 2020-05-20, 2020-05-21, 2020-04-09 and 2020-03-09).

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