If you are a foreigner who lives in Indonesia or a foreigner who is planning to relocate to Indonesia, you will probably be amazed by how many long weekends the Indonesians get to enjoy throughout the year. While there is 15 public holidays gazette by the government for 2021, the Indonesian government has announced Cuti Bersama - “collective leave/ holiday together” as well. Cuti Bersama is widely known as “Hari Kejepit Nasional”. These collective leaves normally fall on either Monday or Friday, and they are generally before or after a public holiday. That’s why Indonesians have a lot of long weekends to travel for celebrations.

The introduction of collective leave is an initiative of the Indonesian government to promote domestic tourism! So, if you happen to work or relocate to Indonesia in 2021, don’t miss out on this opportunity to check out the hidden gems in Indonesia with all these long weekends.

Types of Public Holidays in Indonesia

There are three types of public holidays in Indonesia: religious, national, and international.

Religious Holidays

Five official religions that are officially recognized by the Indonesian government are Islam, Protestant, Catholic, Buddhist, and Hindu. The religious holidays that celebrated in Indonesia are listed below:

  • Satu Muharam (Muslim New Year)
  • Maulid Nabi (Birth of the Prophet Mohammad)
  • Isra Miraj (Ascension of the Prophet Mohammad)
  • Hari Raya Idul Fitri (End of Ramadan fasting month)
  • Idul Adha (Muslim Day of Sacrifice)
  • Good Friday
  • Christmas
  • Hari Raya Nyepi (Day of Silence)
  • Vesak Day

National Holidays

  • Indonesian Independence Day
  • Pancasila Day

International Holidays

  • New Year’ Day
  • Chinese New Year

International Labor’s Day

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Public Holidays Indonesia 2021

Date  Day Holidays 
1 January 2021 Friday New Year’s Day 
12 February 2021 Friday Chinese Lunar New Year’s Day 
11 March 2021 Thursday Isra Mikraj Nabi Muhammad SAW 
14 March 2021 Sunday Hari Suci Nyepi Tahun Baru Saka 1943 
2 April 2021 Friday Good Friday 
1 May 2021 Saturday International Labor Day 
13 May 2021 Thursday Idul Fitri Day 1 (End of Ramadan fasting month) 
14 May 2021 Friday Idul Fitri Holiday (End of Ramadan fasting month) 
26 May 2021 Wednesday Waisak Day (Buddha’s Anniversary) 
1 June 2021 Tuesday Pancasila Day 
20 July 2021 Tuesday Eid al-Adha (Muslim Day of Sacrifice) 
10 August 2021 Tuesday Muharram / Islamic New Year 
17 August 2021 Tuesday Indonesian Independence Day 
19 October 2021 Tuesday The Prophet Muhammad’s Birthday 
25 December 2021 Saturday Christmas Day 

Cuti Bersama

As mentioned earlier, cuti bersama (Hari Kejepit Nasional/ collective leave/ holiday together) is an initiative launched by the Indonesian government to promote domestic tourism and to enhance the efficiency of public servants. Cuti Bersama 2021 schedule is illustrated as below:

Date Day Holidays 
12 March 2021 Friday Isra’ Mikraj Nabi Muhammad SAW 
12 May 2021 Wednesday Hari Raya Idul Fitri 1442 Hijriah 
17 May 2021 Monday Hari Raya Idul Fitri 1442 Hijriah 
18 May 2021 Tuesday Hari Raya Idul Fitri 1442 Hijriah 
19 May 2021 Wednesday Hari Raya Idul Fitri 1442 Hijriah 
24 December 2021 Friday Christmas Eve 
27 December 2021 Monday Christmas Holiday 

Indonesia Public Holiday 2021 FAQs

Do I entitle to holiday pay if I must work on a public holiday in Indonesia?2020-10-26T15:32:11+08:00

If you have to work on a public holiday in Indonesia, then you are entitled to an overtime pay rate.  

Is Diwali a public holiday in Indonesia?2020-10-26T15:31:47+08:00

No. Diwali is not a public holiday in Indonesia. 

What are the main holidays in Indonesia?2020-10-26T15:30:43+08:00

The main holidays in Indonesia are the religious holidays, focusing on the Muslim community. 

Is Christmas a holiday in Indonesia?2020-10-26T15:26:37+08:00

Yes. Christmas is a holiday in Indonesia. 

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