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Indonesian Holidays

October 12, 2011 Communities and Cultures Travel & Living Abroad Travel Advice 0

HERE IS SOME INFORMATION ABOUT VARIOUS HOLIDAYS IN INDONESIA TO ASSIST YOU WITH CROSS-CULTURAL EXCHANGES, TRAVEL PLANNING, WORK SCHEDULES, ETC.:

 

BIRTHDAYS:

  • 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.”

 

GIFT-GIVING:

  • It is common to give gifts of food and drink (not typically alcohol, though) for particular holidays.

 

NATIONAL HOLIDAYS:

  • 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.