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Easter

Easter 2019 and 2020

Good Friday is a public holiday in Indonesia, where about 10 percent of the population are Christian. The Easter weekend is celebrated mainly among Christians, though the public holiday on Good Friday is a day-off for all.

Year Date Day Holiday
2019 19 Apr Fri Good Friday
2020 10 Apr Fri Good Friday

Most Easter events in Indonesia are in churches, private homes, and hotels and resorts that cater to Christian tourists who expect Easter events. There are a few special events outside these confines, however, and there are also often fundraising drives during Holy Week to benefit the poor and needy.

You will find Easter vigils, candlelight services, egg decorating, and even the Easter Bunny in parts of Indonesia, much like in other countries where Easter is observed. You will also hear people greet one another with, “Selamat Hari Paskah!” (Happy Easter!).

If in Jakarta at Eastertime, be sure to see the imposing, Gothic-style Jakarta Cathedral, built over a 100 years ago. The Catholic archbishop holds Easter services in the cathedral each year.

Also, on the eastern half of the island of Flores there have been re-enactments of the crucifixion of Christ since colonial times. You can see men tied onto large, wood crosses and carried through through the streets on Good Friday. Two statues, one of Mary and the other of Jesus, are also carried in a procession in the town of Larantuka, ending at the Cathedral of the Queen of the Rosary.