In the year Indonesia has a lot of (about 30) national holidays that are celebrated on a large or small scale. A national holiday or Tanggal Merah (= red day) is a public holiday that the government recognizes (regardless of religion or origin) and on which you as an employee should officially get a day off. Given the amount of days, however, not every tanggal merah is celebrated nationally. Only public holidays are really quiet for some public holidays. In the case of tanggal merah, government agencies and banks are usually closed, but shops or shopping centers are usually open at normal business hours. When planning a trip to Indonesia, it is advisable to take into account the following holidays:
- 5 februari 2019 Imlek/'Chinese New Year': is celebrated throughout Indonesia, usually around this date there are all sorts of festivities and colorful parades in the cities. During Imlek, stores are usually open (except if the Chinese-Indian owner) banks and government agencies are closed. Imlek is also closed here with bright fireworks.
- 7 maart 2019 Nyepi/'Silence day': ONLY ON BALI! especially the day before Nyepi is a day when many ceremonies are held and the 'Ogoh-Ogoh' is carried by the Balinese streets. The new year is ushered in with reflection and silence. Traveling on, from or to Bali is impossible on this day. Usually you can use the facilities of the hotel / resort, however, a proper silence is experienced.
- 19 mei 2019 Waisak/Birthday of Buddha: nice day to experience! Bear in mind that there is great crowds in Borobudur and surroundings (Magelang, Yogyakarta)
- 04 mei – 05 juni 2019 Ramadan/ Fasting month: mosques are more active during the month of fasting and some restaurants only open their doors at sunset. On the 4th of June, Ramadan ends, celebrated with parades with floats and lots of prayers. Traveling during Ramadan is easy to do and often even pleasant. The local tourist travels very little in this month so attractions are quiet. Take extra food with you during your trip so that you can picnic lunch (out of sight).
- 05 & 06 juni 2019 Eid Idul Fitri/Sugar Festival: this is the holiday for Muslims. The celebration of the end of the fasting month (Ramadan). These 2 days and usually 4 days before and a week after are days off. Everyone moves from their workplaces / cities to their hometowns / villages in the week to celebrate the Sugar Festival with family. On certain islands this causes a true exodus. Trains, planes and ferries must be booked well in advance. Contact us if you are traveling during this period!
- 17 augustus 2019 Hari Merdeka/Independence Day: Is generally a day of celebration in Indonesia. Shops and sights are usually open.
- 12 augustus 2019 Eid Idul Adha/Slaughter party: is celebrated from sunset 21 August (mosque is more active) until the afternoon of 22 August, after which stores are usually open again.
- september 2019 Nyepi Laut/: Ocean Silence Day: is celebrated on the day of the 4th full moon of the Balinese calender year on the islands of Nusa Lembongan and NusaPenida. Travel to or from these islands is not possible on these days.
- 25 december 2019 Hari Natal/Christmas: Indonesia, like most other countries, only celebrates Christmas on December 25th. This is celebrated depending on the chosen belief. Banks are closed, stores usually only in the morning.