Which holidays are important to take into account?

You should certainly take some public holidays into account.

Indonesia consists of many different people with different beliefs. All the different backgrounds are taken into account and therefore Indonesia has many official holidays. Traveling on a public holiday can be difficult, but it can also be a special experience.

The most important fixed holidays are:

  • On January 1, New Year’s Day
  • On August 17, Independence Day
  • on December 25, Christmas

There are also many public holidays that occur on a different date each year.

In 2023 these are:

  • 21, 22 and 23 April 2023  Idul Fitri; the celebration at the end of Ramadan
    Almost everything is closed on Java. Everyone is free.
  • On June 2-4, 2023 Hari Raya Waisak; the Buddhist new year.
    The Borobudur is closed and the hotels at the Borobudur are quite full and expensive. There are, however, interesting festivities around the Borobudur temples.
    It is also busy at the Bromo.
  • On June 29th, 2023 Hari Raya Idul Adha; the Islamic sacrifice festival
    The kraton is closed.

At the Bromo:

  • On March 22nd, 2023, hari Nyepi;
    The Bromo is closed.
  • The Kasada Festival 6 and 7 July 2023
    The local Tengger population sacrifices to the Bromo. This yearly event attracts many tourists.

On Bali:

  • On March 21st, 2023, New Year’s Eve in Bali: Ogoh-Ogoh
    Parades and a lot of sound on the street (with traffic jams).
  • On March 22nd, 2023, Hari Raya Nyepi; Day of silence and reflection.
    Everyone has to stay inside (tourists as well) with the lights out, everything is closed, even the airport (except for medical emergencies).
  • Galungan on January 4th and August 2nd,  2023
    Almost everything is closed.
  • Kuningan on January 14th and August 12th, 2023
    Almost everything is closed.


Hari Raya Idul Fitri      10 en 11 April 2024
Hari Raya Waisak         23 May 2024
Hari Raya Idul Adha    17 June 2024

Hari Nyepi                     11 March 2024
Kasada Festival
Galungan                       28 February en 25 September 2024
Kuningan                       9 March 2024 en 5 October 2024