Indonesia Calendar 2013
Indonesia is the center of the Universe, if that quote from “Eat, Pray, Love” is something to be believed. But indeed, Bali is one of the world’s most trudged tourist destination, and most of the holidays in the country are indeed of religious nature and with universal significance.
Tahun Baru Masehi
International New Year’s Day – In deference to the international business community, Indonesia celebrates this day as a national holiday, although it does have a (quieter) New Year of its own.
Tuesday, 1 January 2013
Tahun Baru Imlek
Lunar New Year – Since most of the festivities in the Indonesia calendar 2013 are also borrowed from the Chinese, it is inevitable that Indonesians also celebrate the new moon of the first month of the year that signals the arrival of spring.
Monday, January 2013
Maulid Nabi Muhammad Saw
Birth of the Prophet – This is an Islamic holiday that celebrates the birth of the Prophet Muhammad.
Friday, 23 March 2013
Day of Silence – This is one of the most important Hindu events in Indonesia, particularly in Bali. This is a day in which the people are not supposed to speak with each other. They need to hold some moments for meditation and self-reflection.
23 March 2013
Hari Raya Waisak
Vesak Day – This day commemorates the birthday of Buddha, his path to enlightenment, and his teachings.
Saturday, 5 May 2013
Kenaikan Isa Al-Masih
Ascension Day – In the Christian calendar, this is the day when Christ ascended to heaven, in body and spirit, after he was resurrected from the dead, celebrated on Good Friday.
Thursday, 17 May 2013
Lailat al Miraj
Ascension of the Prophet – This is the Muslim equivalent of the prophet’s ascension, except that his was done at night as he traveled from Mecca into the farthest mosque in Israel to ascend to the heavens.
Saturday, 16 June 2013
Hari Proklamasi Kemerdekaan
Indonesian National Day – This day celebrates the country’s proclamation of independence in 1945, although the actual independence was only granted by The Netherlands four years later.
Saturday, 17 August 2013
End of Ramadan – Fasting is one of the Muslim’s obligation in their Five Pillars of Religious Obligation (the other one is going on a pilgrimage to Mecca in Saudi Arabia), and this day in the Indonesia calendar 2013 marks the end of that spiritual cleansing. Things are slower than usual, but there is an energy of anticipation in the air as the end of the fasting period nears.
Sunday, 18 August 2013
Hari Raya Idul Adha
Feast of Sacrifice – The Feast of Sacrifice commemorates the sacrifice that Abraham did in order to obey God; hence, on this day, Muslims help the poor and donate money to the charity. This is celebrated after the Hajj, or the devout’s pilgrimage to Makkah (Mecca), Saudi Arabia.
Tuesday, 15 October 2013
Tahun Baru Hijriyah
Islamic New Year – Also known as the Muharram, Al Hijra falls on the first day of the month on which the prophet Muhammad made the journey from Mecca to Medina. Despite this seemingly significant event, Al-Hijra does not compare in elaborate rituals and celebrates to that of the Eid ul-Fitr or Eid al-Adha. The devout regard this day as a day of reflection, although some modern Muslims exchange greeting cards to celebrate the occasion.
Monday, 4 November 2013
Hari Raya Natal
Christmas Eve and Day – Although Indonesians are not mostly Catholics or Christians (they are either Muslims, Hindus or Buddhists), Christmas here is highly regarded not only as one of the most important religious observances in the calendar of the church, but also as a national holiday in the Indonesia calendar 2013.
Wednesday, 25 December 2013