Change of Public Holiday Date for Hari Raya Haji 2016

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Number: A23/2016

Date: 16 August 2016

Relevant: Cocos (Keeling) Islands

Topic: Change of Public Holiday Date for Hari Raya Haji 2016

In August 2015, a gazette was issued advising observance of Hari Raya Haji public holiday on Tuesday, 13 September 2016 (refer Gazette 03/2015).

The Indian Ocean Territories Administration has received a formal request from Mr Zainal Majid advising that the Imam on Christmas Island has requested observance of Hari Raya Haji to be on Monday, 12 September 2016.

The celebration of Hari Raya Haji is a significant religious event for the Islamic Community on Christmas Island. The method for calculating the date is based on a sighting of the new moon and is difficult to accurately predict in advance.

I have issued a new Gazette that proclaims Hari Raya Haji public holiday to be observed on Monday, 12 September 2016. This replaces the public holiday previously gazetted for Tuesday, 13 September 2016.

The proclamation required to appoint the special public holiday, under the Public and Bank Holidays Act 1972 (WA)(CI) has been issued – Government Gazette 10/2016.

Barry Haase
Administrator
Indian Ocean Territories