The Government has announced the official holidays for 2005 that will result in 5 long weekends and 13 national holidays throughout the year.
Unlike last year when the Government moved many dates to create long weekends and encourage domestic tourism, many of the holidays in 2005 will be recognized on their official dates which coincidentally fall on Fridays and Mondays creating natural long weekends. The only exception to this rule is the decision to move the celebration of the Prophet Muhammad's birthday to Friday, April 22 and the celebration of the Prophet's ascension in heaven to Friday September 2.
Idul Fitri celebrations are widely expected to be declared on Thursday and Friday, November 3 and 4, 2005. The Government has decided that Civil servants will be granted holidays from November 2 with the option of an additional 2 days leave on November 7 and 8 with the permission of their supervisors.
Holidays in 2005
New Year Day - Saturday, 1 January
Idul Adha 1425 H. - Friday, 21 January
Chinese New Year 2556 - Wednesday, 9 February
Islamic New Year 1426 - Thursday, 10 February
Hindu Bali Day of Silence (Nyepi) - Friday, 11 March
Good Friday - Friday, 25 March
Maulid of the Prophet Muhammad - Friday, 22 April
Ascension of Jesus Christ - Thursday, 5 May
Buddhist Vesak Day - Tuesday, 24 May
Indonesia's Independence Day - Wednesday, 17 August
Isra Mi'raj of Prophet Muhammad - Friday, 2 September
Idul Fitri 1426 H. - Thursday and Friday, 3 and 4 November
Christmas - Sunday, December 25
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