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THR, 13th month salary and Idul Fitri spirit

Jakarta   /   Wed, June 13, 2018   /  03:46 pm
THR, 13th month salary and Idul Fitri spirit People relax as they wait for iftar (breaking-of-the-fast meal) during the holy month of Ramadhan at Istiqlal Mosque in Jakarta. (JP/Wendra Ajistyatama)

In two days, we will be celebrating Idul Fitri after fasting throughout the holy month of Ramadhan. It’s a time to rejoice!

But did you know that a group of people is celebrating two weeks before, and two weeks after Idul Fitri? Who are they, and why are they doing this? 

The group comprises more than 4.5 million civil servants, around 675,000 personnel of the Indonesian Military (TNI), 430,000 members of the National Police, government officials (including the President and Vice President), 692 members of the People’s Consultative Assembly (MPR), 560 members of the House of Representatives (DPR) and 132 members of the Regional Representative Council (DPD), as well as ministers and ministerial officials, governors, mayors, regents and their deputies. 

They’re rejoicing because starting this year, under the recently ...

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