Indonesia

Festivals and Events in Indonesia

 

The following is a summary of the major events and festivals during Indonesia’s calendar year. These events are often spectacular occasions and can be great fun for tourists to visit, but they do also often result in hotels and becoming fully booked and some businesses close during these occasions, so these dates are worth bearing in mind when planning any holiday in Indonesia.


January 2013

New Year's Day 2013 January 1, 2013 
New Year's Day is the first day of the New Year. On the modern Gregorian calendar, it is celebrated on January 1. Almost all countries use the Gregorian calendar as their main calendar. New Year’s Day in Indonesia is celebrated with great pomp and gaiety like any other country of the world. This day is observed as public holiday, hence all the schools, colleges, offices and other institutions remains closed on this day. In Indonesian language it is known as Tahun Baru Masehi.

Birthday of the Prophet Mohammad SAW January 24, 2013
Across Indonesia 9 March is a public holiday in celebration of Muhammad’s birthday. Also called Maulid Nabi. Mawlid falls in the month of Rabi' al-awwal in the Islamic calendar.

February 2013

Chinese New Year February 10, 2013
New Year's Day is the first day of the New Year. On the modern Gregorian calendar, it is celebrated on January 1. Almost all countries use the Gregorian calendar as their main calendar. New Year’s Day in Indonesia is celebrated with great pomp and gaiety like any other country of the world. This day is observed as public holiday, hence all the schools, colleges, offices and other institutions remains closed on this day. In Indonesian language it is known as Tahun Baru Masehi.

March 2013

Hari Raya Nyepi (Tahun Baru Saka) 12 March 2013
Bali New Year – Bali’s Lunar New Year. A festival for Hindu people, also known as “Balinese Day of Silence”.
Good Friday March 29, 2013
Good Friday, also called Holy Friday, Black Friday, or Great Friday. This holiday observed primarily by adherents to Christianity commemorating the crucifixion of Jesus and his death at Calvary.

May 2013

Ascension Day of Jesus Christ into Heaven May 9, 2013
Ascension Day is commemoration of the day when resurrected body of Jesus is believed to ascend to the heaven. It occurs 40 days after the Easter, the Jesus’ resurrection moment.

Hari Raya Waisak May 25, 2013
Vesak is an annual holiday observed traditionally by practicing Buddhists in Indonesia. This is a Bhuddist holiday to celebrate the anniversary of Gautama Buddha, the founder of Bhuddism. It actually represent the birth, enlightenment (Nirvana), and passing away (Parinirvana) of Gautama Buddha.

June 2013

Ascension of The Prophet June 5, 2013
Isra and Mi'raj, also known as Al Isra' wal Miraj, is observed on the 27th day of the month of Rajab, the seventh month in the Islamic calendar. This event marks the night that Allah (God) took Mohammad (also known as Mohamed or Muhammed) on a journey from Mecca to Jerusalem and then to heaven.

August 2013

Hari Raya Idul Fitri August 8-9, 2013 
Eid ul-Fitr (Id-ul-Fitr),also called as Eid.It is Muslim holiday that celibrates on the completion of Ramadan. the Islamic holy month of fasting. The date of Eid ul-Fitr always get changed according to the Islamic calendar. Eid is an Arabic word meaning "festivity", while Fitr means "to break the fast" and so the holiday symbolizes the breaking of the fasting period. During Ramadan month, Muslims fast from sunrise to sunset everyday for a month. Most parts of the Southeast Asia celebrated this great occasion of Eid as Hari Rya Aidilfitri. It is celebrated on the first day of the Islamic month of Shawwal, the tenth month of the Islamic calendar. It start after the first sighting of the new moon.

Indonesian Independence Day August 17, 2013 
Indonesia celibrate there Independence Day on 17th August. The Indonesian Independence Day is a very big event for the people of Indonesia. They start this patriotic day weeks ahead before the 17th of August. All office buildings around town are decorated with large banners and lighted. Fences around the presidential palace and many government offices are draped in red and white bunting.

October 2013

Idul Adha October 15, 2013
Eid al-Adha is an Islamic festival to commemorate the willingness of Ibrahim (also known as Abraham) to follow Allah's (God's) command to sacrifice his son Ishmael. Muslims around the world observe this event.

November 2013

Islamic New Year November 5, 2013 
The Islamic New Year is a cultural event which Muslims observe on the first day of Muharram, the first month in the Islamic calendar.

December 2013

Christmas Day December 25, 2013
Birth of Jesus celibrated as the Christmas.It is annual holiday celibrated on December 25. Christmas in Indonesia is a popular festival Although Indonesia is predominantly a Muslim country, it is a national holiday for Christmas in Indonesia.