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)NameNotes
1 January New Year's DayCelebrates 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 DzulhijahIdul AdhaDate 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 FridayThis 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 DayCelebrates the economic and social achievements of workers.
20 May Independence Restoration DayIndependence from the Republic of Indonesia in 2002.
May–June Corpus Christi 
30 August Popular Consultation DayAnniversary of the Popular Consultation in 1999.
1 November All Saints' Day 
2 November All Souls' Day 
12 November National Youth DayAnniversary of the Santa Cruz massacre in 1991.
28 November Proclamation of Independence DayIndependence from the Republic of Portugal in 1975.
 1-2 SyawalIdul FitriDate varies according to the Islamic calendar. Celebrates the end of the fasting month of Ramadan.
7 December National Heroes' DayAnniversary of Indonesian invasion of East Timor, 1975
8 December Immaculate Conception 
24 December Christmas EveDay before Christmas Day; officially almost every business closes early though a few remain open 24 hours daily.
25 December Christmas DayThis Christian holiday celebrates the birth of Jesus Christ.
31 December New Year's EveFinal day of the Gregorian year.

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