TEMPO.CO, Jakarta - The Religious Affairs Ministry announced that the Islamic New Year of 1 Muharram 1443 Hijri falls on August 10, 2021. The ministry’s Director General of Islamic Affairs, Kamaruddin Amin, said the government decided to move the national holiday to August 11, 2021.
“The Islamic New Year will remain on August 10. The holiday is moved to August 11,” said Kamaruddin on Wednesday, August 4.
The change to the national holiday was noted in a Joint Decree of the Religious Affairs Minister, Manpower Minister, and Administrative and Bureaucratic Reform (PANRB) Minister No. 712, 1, and 3 of 2021 on the second amendment to the Joint Decree of the three ministers No. 642, 4, and 4 of 2020 on the National Holidays and Joint Leave.
Additionally, the government also moved the national holiday on the commemoration of the birthday of Prophet Muhammad on 12 Rabiul Awwal 1443 H.
“It is initially on October 19, but it is changed to October 20, 2021. Meanwhile, the joint leave of Christmas Day on December 24, 2021, is removed,” he added.
Kamaruddin said this policy was part of the government’s efforts to contain the Covid-19 pandemic, which has not shown a decline in cases to date.