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Govt Plans to Change “Isa Al-Masih” to “Yesus Kristus” in national holidays


Jakarta, IO – After establishing 27 national holidays and joint leave in 2024, the government also plans to change the nomenclature of ‘Isa Al-Masih’ to ‘Yesus Kristus’ in national holidays.

This was conveyed by Coordinating Human Development and Culture Minister Muhadjir Effendy in a press conference, per Detikcom, Tuesday (12/9).

“There will be a change in nomenclature based on a proposal from the Religious Affairs Ministry regarding the terminology,” said Muhadjir.

He said the Religious Affairs Ministry would propose to President Joko Widodo to issue a presidential regulation (Perpres).  There are a number of national holidays that use ‘Isa Al-Masih’, namely the death and ascension of Jesus Christ.

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“The Religious Affairs Ministry will prepare the proposal for changes to the nomenclature in question,” he said.

Meanwhile, Deputy Religious Affairs Minister Saiful Rahmat Dasuki revealed that the idea was suggested by the Christian and Catholic communities. (rr)


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