HERE IS SOME INFORMATION ABOUT VARIOUS HOLIDAYS IN INDONESIA TO ASSIST YOU WITH CROSS-CULTURAL EXCHANGES, TRAVEL PLANNING, WORK SCHEDULES, ETC.:
- It is common for the birthday person to treat family, friends, and co-workers (e.g., snacks, lunch, or dinner).
- “Happy Birthday” in Indonesian is “Selamat ulang tahun.”
- It is common to give gifts of food and drink (not typically alcohol, though) for particular holidays.
- Money is usually given at wedding receptions and events connected to Lunar New Year/Chinese New Year.
- See http://www.expat.or.id/info/lebaran.html for information about gift-giving during Ramadan and Lebaran.
- For a list of national, religious, commemorative, etc. holidays, see http://www.expat.or.id/info/holidays.html
- Indonesian embassies around the world also provide up-to-date lists of holidays on their respective websites.
- National holidays typically mean days off, i.e., many places will be closed for the day.
RAMADAN AND LEBARAN:
- If you plan on doing any traveling during this time, book your tickets as far in advance as possible.
- You will probably have to adjust your research and work schedule as everything slows down, shuts down, and/or shifts to evening activities during Ramadan and Lebaran.