Duplicating a decision made last year affecting the celebration of holidays in 2003, the Government has officially moved the celebration of a number of "official" holidays in 2004 in order to increase the number of long weekends and boost domestic tourism.
A joint-ministerial decree issued by the ministries of Religious Affairs, Manpower, and Administrative Reform has formally moved five holidays in 2004, namely:
• Idul Adha to now be celebrated on Monday, February 2, 2004, moved from its original date of Sunday, February 1st.
• Muslim New Year to now be celebrated on Monday, February 23, 2004, moved from its original date of Sunday, February 22nd.
• Nyepi - the Hindu day of silence - to now be celebrated on Monday, March 22, 2004, moved from its original date of Sunday, March 21st.
• Birthday of the Prophet Mohammed to now be celebrated on Monday, May 2, 2004, moved from the original date of Sunday, May 3rd.
• The Ascension Day of the Prophet Mohammed moved to Monday, September 13, 2004, from the original date of Sunday, September 12th.
The ruling only officially affects government employees but many private companies are expected to follow the Government's lead and extend similar holiday facilities for their staff.
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