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Indonesian Holidays for 2018 Posted by on Jan 4, 2018 in Uncategorized

In a vast, archipelago nation with many religions, it should come as no surprise that Indonesia celebrates a lot of holidays. Get ready for the year ahead and learn a bit of Indonesian language and culture through the country’s holiday calendar for the upcoming year. Here are the Indonesian holidays for 2018.

Public Holidays

Indonesian Holidays for 2018

The Balinese New Year is an important holiday.

In addition to the official holidays, Indonesia also has joint holidays that are added on to give extra days off. Known as cuti bersama, these give people long weekends and are meant to encourage domestic tourism. When combined, Indonesians will enjoy a whopping 21 days of holiday in 2018. To put it into perspective, that’s double what Americans will get. Here’s a list of all the official 2018 holidays in Indonesia, with the date, local and English names:

Date Indonesian English
January 1 Tahun Baru New Year’s Day
February 16 Tahun Baru Imlek Chinese New Year
March 17 Hari Raya Nyepi Balinese New Year
March 30 Jumat Agung Good Friday
April 14 Isra Mi’raj Ascension of the Prophet Muhammad
May 1 Hari Buruh Internasional International Labor Day
May 10 Kenaikan Yesus Kristus Ascension of Jesus
May 29 Hari Raya Waisak Vesak Day
June 1 Hari Lahir Pancasila Pancasila Day
June 15-16 Hari Raya Idul Fitri Eid al-Fitr (end of Ramadan)
August 17 Hari Proklamasi Kemerdekaan R.I. Independence Day
August 22 Idul Adha Feast of Sacrifice
September 11 Muharram/Tahun Baru Islam Islamic New Year
November 20 Maulid Nabi Muhammad Birth of Muhammad
December 25 Hari Natal


So where do those extra cuti bersama days fall for 2018? There are four extra days split before and after Eid al-Fitr, from June 13-14 and also from June 18-19. There’s also one extra day before Christmas on December 24. The newest Indonesian holiday is Pancasila, which was announced by President Joko Widodo a few years ago. Pancasila is the official philosophical foundation of the country, as laid out by the country’s first President, Sukarno.

Merdeka Square will be packed on Hari Merdeka.

Isn’t it amazing that people in Indonesia get to celebrate four different New Years as well as holidays from three major religions? While Indonesia is often referred to as a “Muslim country,” it’s important to remember that the country does not have an official state religion and that it actually recognizes six.

For more details on some of Indonesia’s major holidays, check out a few of our past posts:

  • Vesak in Indonesia: Learn all about this holiday that celebrates the birth of Buddha.
  • Ramadan and Ngabuburit: Ngabubuirt is a Sundanese word, which basically means to seek distraction from the hunger and thirst one experiences while fasting during Ramadan.
  • Lebaran: This is a name commonly given to Eid al-Fitr in Indonesia. Learn about the customs surrounding the end of the fasting month of Ramadan here.
  • Mudik (Homecoming): Everyone wants to get home to celebrate Lebaran, which means crazy traffic all across Indonesia. Read all about it here.
  • Independence Day: Get the scoop on Indonesia’s national holiday in this post.
  • Christmas Vocabulary: Talk about Christmas in Indonesian after studying this list.
  • Nyepi: See what it’s like celebration the Balinese New Year in this post, and then check out the video below of the amazing ogoh-ogoh festival:

Now you’re all ready for 2018 and all of the holidays it brings in Indonesia!

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Sasha is an English teacher, writer, photographer, and videographer from the great state of Michigan. Upon graduating from Michigan State University, he moved to China and spent 5+ years living, working, studying, and traveling there. He also studied Indonesian Language & Culture in Bali for a year. He and his wife run the travel blog Grateful Gypsies, and they're currently trying the digital nomad lifestyle across Latin America.