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 2024 these are:

  • April 10 and 11 Idul Fitri; the celebration at the end of Ramadan
    Almost everything is closed on Java. Everyone is free.
  • On May 23, 2024 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 17th, 2024 Hari Raya Idul Adha; the Islamic sacrifice festival
    The kraton is closed.

At the Bromo:

  • On March 11nd, 2024, hari Nyepi;
    The Bromo is closed.
  • The Kasada Festival 6 and 7 July 2024
    The local Tengger population sacrifices to the Bromo. This yearly event attracts many tourists.

On Bali:

  • On March 10, 2024, New Year’s Eve in Bali: Ogoh-Ogoh
    Parades and a lot of sound on the street (with traffic jams).
  • On March 11nd, 2024, 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 February 28th and September 25th, 2024
    Almost everything is closed.
  • Kuningan on March 9th and October 5th, 2024
    Almost everything is closed.


Hari Raya Idul Fitri      31 March and 1 April 2025
Hari Raya Waisak         12 May 2025
Hari Raya Idul Adha    7 June 2025

Hari Nyepi                     29 March 2025
Kasada Festival            July 2025
Galungan                       23 April and 19 November 2025
Kuningan                       9 May and 29 November 2025