Wednesday, January 12, 2011

Bali & Indonesian Public Holiday Dates for 2011

by Barrie | January 9th, 2011  

Whenever you travel to Bali [or the rest of the archipelago of Indonesia] it is useful to know prime dates of celebrations and public holidays. There are certain dates on the calendar when everything is closed; such as Nyepi.

There is always a festival of some kind happening in Bali every day. A majority are temple festivals but there are those special dates in the Balinese Calendar that are respected. Besides the Balinese festival days and public holidays, there are numerous celebratory days around Indonesia.

To help you with some of these dates and to give you an idea if these festival days are happening when you are in Bali, below is the list of public holidays in Indonesia and Bali for 2011. The ones’ I especially look forward to are Nyepi and for my wife Candika, being Chinese-Javanese, it has to be Chinese New Year.
Hindu Holidays 2011

• Hari Siwa Ratri – January 3-4, 2011

• Tawur Kesanga – March 4, 2011

• Hari Suci Nyepi Tahun Bari 1933 – March 5, 2011

• Gembak Geni – March 6, 2011

• Hari Saraswati – April 23, 2011

• Hari Pagerwesi – April 27, 2011

• Penampahan Galungan – July 5, 2011

• Hari Raya Galungan – July 6, 2011

• Hari Umanis Galungan – July 7, 2011

• Penampahan Kuningan – July 15, 2011

• Hari Raya Kuningan – July 16, 2011

• Umanis Kunigan – July 17, 2011

• Hari Raya Saraswati – November 19, 2011

• Hari Pagerwesi – November 23, 2011

These holidays are in addition to 13 National Holidays observed by all Indonesians.

Indonesian National Holidays & Shared Holidays 2011

• New Years Day – January 1, 2011

• Chinese New Year (Imlek) 2562 – February 3, 2011

• Birthday of the Prophet Muhammad – February 15, 2011

• Bali’s official day of Silence – (Nyepi) Hindu New Year 1933 – March 5, 2011

• Good Friday – April 22, 2011

• Easter Sunday – April 22, 2011

• Waisak 2555 – May 17, 2011

• The Ascension of Jesus Christ into Heaven – June 2, 2011

• Isra Mi’raj Prophet Mohammad SAW, Celebrating the Ascension of The Prophet Muhammad – June 29, 2011

• Indonesian National Independence Day – August 17, 2011

• Shared Holiday by Government Decree – August 29, 2011

• Idul Fitri 1432 H – August 30-31, 2011

• Shared Holidays by Government Decree – September 1-2, 2011

• Idul Adha 1432 H – November 6, 2011

• Islamic New Year 1433 H – November 27, 2011

• Christmas Day – December 25, 2011

• Shared Holiday by Government Decree – December 26, 2011

Holiday dates courtesy of BaliDiscovery.com

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