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Early-Mid Apr Nyepi. National holiday celebrating the Jakartanese Hindu New Year. Locals turn off all lights, avoid any physical
labor and entertainment and stay at home. Hotels remain open, but many services will be unavailable. Concludes
mid April
25 Apr Anzac Day. A sunrise memorial service at Menteng Pulo cemetery honors members of the Australian and New Zealand Army Corps who fought in Indonesia. Jalan Menteng Pulo, off Jalan Casablanca, Menteng.
9 Apr Good Friday. National holiday.
11 Apr colourful parades mark this national holiday on the 8th of March.
2 May Maulud Nabi Muhammad. Islamic religious observance
commemorating the birth of the Prophet Muhammad.
National holiday.
Mid-Late May Waisak Day. Buddhist holiday.
20 May Ascension Day. Christian religious observance
and a national holiday.
Early-Mid Jul
Jakarta Fair. This month long festival commemorates the city's birthday. The president or vice-president officially kicks off the celebrations, with cultural shows and fireworks at the Jakarta Fair Grounds. A trade fair and
carnival continue into July. Some cultural shows are also staged in various venues in the city. Jakarta Fair Grounds, Jalan Rajawali Selatan, Kemayoran. For more information,
telephone 021-421-8111 or 421-8555. http://www.jakartafair.com Concludes mid July
17 Aug

Independence Day. National holiday respecting the day founding president Sukarno proclaimed the independent Republic of Indonesia in 1945. The current national
leaders perform the reading of the proclamation and raise
the red-and-white Indonesian flag. Veterans of the independence war frequently line up early to get good seats. Access to Freedom Palace is by invitation only, but many Indonesians seem to have a good time in the nearby Medan Merdeka (Freedom Square) or just standing on the roads outside the palace, watching events from a
distance. Istana Merdeka, Jalan Medan Merdeka Utara.
For information, call the Jakarta Tourist Office at
520-5455 or 520-9671.


12 Sep
Lailat al-Mi'raj. An Islamic religious observance and a
national holiday.
1-14 Nov Ramadan. Muslims observe a month of daylight fasting, and prayers are offered at mosques each evening. Concludes 14 November.
Early Nov Jakarta International Film Festival. Screenings of films by international directors, as well as a short-film competition
for new Asian cinema. Erasmus Huis, H.R. Rasuna Said Kav S3, Kuningan; Goethe Institut, GSSJ Ratulange 9-11, Menteng; Galeri Oktagon, Gunung Sahari Raya 50 A; and Pusat Perfilman Usmar Ismail, HR. Rasuna Said Kav 22-24, Kuningan. For information, call 3192-5139.
http://www. jiffest.com.
Concludes early November
13, 14 Nov Lebaran (Eid al-Fitr). 2-day national holiday marking the end of Ramadan. Government offices and several businesses are closed.
Throughout
Dec
Dance. Evening performances of the traditional dance- drama Wayang Orang. Tuesday, Wednesday, Friday and Saturday 8:15-around midnight. Bharata Theatre, Jalan Kalilio 15, Glodok. Phone 421-4937. Concludes late December
Throughout
Dec
Concert. Javanese Gamelan concerts take place each Sunday morning at the National Museum (formerly called the Central Museum). Jalan Merdeka Barat 12. Phone 386-8172. http://www.museumnasional.org.
Concludes late December.
Throughout
Dec
Dance. Traditional Indonesian dance performances take place Sunday 9 am-2 pm. Taman Mini (Indonesia in Miniature Park), Jalan Raya Taman Mini. Phone 840-1687. http://www.taman-mini.co.id. Concludes late December.
25 Dec Christmas Day. National holiday. Government offices and many businesses are closed.