Indonesia is the largest island country in the world by the number of islands, with more than 14,000. The country has an estimated population of 255 million people, making it the world's 4th most populous country. The Indonesian economy is the world's 16th largest by nominal GDP and 8th largest by GDP/PPP. The country has a variety of agricultural, manufacturing and service industries and is the largest economy in Southeast Asia, and is a member of the G-20 major economies. Despite its large population and densely populated regions, Indonesia has vast areas of wilderness that support the second highest level of biodiversity in the world.
Indonesia - 2019 Holidays & Observances
Like many countries, Indonesia is influenced by some of the Western culture. So, New Year’s Day also takes place in Indonesia. On this day, Indonesian people, especially Muslim pray for a good year
This is a birthday celebration of Muhammdad, who was a religious leader of Islam. He is believed by Muslim to be a messenger and prophet of God
There a a lot of Chinese in Indonesia. Thus, they add some of their culture to the whole nation culture, including Chinese New Year
Day of Silence, or Nyepi in Indonesia is New Year according to Balinese calendar (an ancient calendar of Indonesian people). Observed from 6 am to 6 am the next morning, its main restrictions are: no lighting, no working and no pleasure, no talking and no eating. The restrictions are made to purify their soul.
Christians celebrate Good Friday to commemorate the crucifixion of Jesus Christ and his death. This holiday is not as popular as Nyepi, so there is no change in Indonesian’s daily lives. Shops and offices are still opened
Ascension Day is the 40th day of Easter. It occurs 39 days after Easter Sunday. It is a Christian holiday that commemorates Jesus Christ's ascension into heaven according to Christian belief.
Waisak (or Vesak) is the holiest day on the Buddhist calendar, and is celebrated across the Buddhist world, but is most spectacular at Java’s Borobudur (Indonesia), the world’s largest Buddhist temple, one of Southeast Asia’s most spectacular sites
Prophet’s Ascension Day 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 on a journey from Mecca to Jerusalem and then to heaven.
On August 17, 1945, Indonesia declared its independence from Netherlands. Later, this date is oeserved as Indonesia’s Indepence Day
Ramadan is a festival held every year lasting one month. Ramadan's a festival for Muslims around the world particularly Indonesians. During Ramadan over one billion muslims fast during day light.
This is an importand religious holiday celebrated by Muslim worldwide to honor the willingess of Ibrahim to sacrifice his son Ismael to God
The Islamic year lasts for about 354 days and consists of 12 months. Muharram is the first month and some Muslims mark the start of the Islamic year on the first day of Muharram. Many Muslims fast during daylight hours on the ninth and 10th or 10th and 11th days of the month to mark the Day of Ashura. This is the anniversary of the death of Husayn
Despite being a Muslim country, Christmas is still a popular holiday in Indonesia. This is a good chance for people to relax at the year’s end