East Timor

Festivals & Events

Festivals & Events

Public holidays

East Timor now has public holidays that commemorate historic events in the liberation struggle, as well as those associated with Catholicism and Islam. They are defined in Timor-Leste Law no. 10/2005 PDF (16.7 KB).

Date (Gregorian calendar) Date (Islamic calendar) Name Notes
1 January   New Year's Day Celebrates beginning of the Gregorian year. Festivities include counting down to midnight at 00:00 on the preceding night of the New Year's Evewith fireworks display and party.
  10 Dzulhijah Idul Adha Date varies according to the Islamic calendar. The holiday commemorates the willingness of Ibrahim to sacrifice his son Ismael as an act of obedience to Allah.
March–April   Good Friday This is the Friday before Easter Sunday, which is the first Sunday after the first Paschal Full Moonfollowing the official vernal equinox. This Christianholiday commemorates the crucifixion, death and resurrection of Jesus Christ.
1 May   Labour Day Celebrates the economic and social achievements of workers.
20 May   Independence Restoration Day Independence from the Republic of Indonesia in 2002.
May–June   Corpus Christi  
30 August   Popular Consultation Day Anniversary of the Popular Consultation in 1999.
1 November   All Saints' Day  
2 November   All Souls' Day  
12 November   National Youth Day Anniversary of the Santa Cruz massacre in 1991.
28 November   Proclamation of Independence Day Independence from the Republic of Portugal in 1975.
  1-2 Syawal Idul Fitri Date varies according to the Islamic calendar. Celebrates the end of the fasting month of Ramadan.
7 December   National Heroes' Day Anniversary of Indonesian invasion of East Timor, 1975
8 December   Immaculate Conception  
24 December   Christmas Eve Day before Christmas Day; officially almost every business closes early though a few remain open 24 hours daily.
25 December   Christmas Day This Christian holiday celebrates the birth of Jesus Christ.
31 December   New Year's Eve Final day of the Gregorian year.

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