Friday, June 1, 2018

National Holidays: Indonesia vs Singapore

As an Indonesian living in Indonesia, I often forgot how privileged I have been when it comes to national holidays. I mean, have you ever counted how many national holidays Indonesians have in one year? At least 17 national holidays, including religious holidays and excluding the Mass Holiday declared by GoI for Idul Fitri holiday.

A few months back I got a freelance job from a Singapore-based company, meaning that I should work based on the neighboring state's work calendar. So I looked up the work calendar and found they only have 11 national holidays in one year. Here's a comparison list:

Date
Indonesia National Holidays
Singapore National Holiday
January 1
New Year’s Day
New Year’s Day
February 16
Chinese New Year
Chinese New Year
February 17

Chinese New Year
March 17
Hindu’s Day of Silence

March 30
Good Friday
Good Friday
April 14
Isra Mi’raj

May 1
Labor Day
Labor Day
May 10
Ascencion Day of Jesus

May 29
Waisak Day
Waisak Day
June 1
Pancasila Day

June 11
Idul Fitri Holiday (public sector)

June 12
Idul Fitri Holiday (public sector)

June 13
Mass Holiday (declared by GoI)

June 14
Mass Holiday (declared by GoI)

June 15
Idul Fitri
Idul Fitri
June 16
Idul Fitri day 2

June 18
Mass Holiday (declared by GoI)

June 19
Mass Holiday (declared by GoI)

June 20
Idul Fitri Holiday (public sector)

August 9

Singapore’s National Day
August 17
Indonesia’s Independence Day

August 22
Idul Adha
Idul Adha
September 11
Islamic New Year

November 6

Deepavali
November 20
Maulid Nabi

December 24
Mass Holiday (declared by GoI)

December 25
Christmas
Christmas

So today is a holiday in Indonesia, but I am working on my laptop. At least I'm working from the comfort of my bed, the perks of working as a freelancer. Man, I can't wait for that holiday on August 9 and November 6.

Happy holiday, good people in Indonesia!

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