Jakarta (ANTARA) - The additional days off for the 2023 Eid al-Adha are given in order to ensure that people's economic progress can be maintained, President Joko Widodo (Jokowi) stated.

"Well, firstly, such days are needed to push the economy, particularly in the regions, so it will be better," the president stated at the Prumpung Market, Bogor, West Java, on Wednesday.

He opined that the additional days off for Eid can boost regional tourism activities. Hence, the government decided to set them, he remarked.

"(This is) particularly in the local tourism sector. Hence, because we see that it is possible, we decide it," he noted.

The government, through the Three Minister Joint Directive, announced that June 28 and June 30 are days off for the 2023 Eid al-Adha, whereas June 29 is a national holiday to commemorate Eid al-Adha.

The directive was signed by Religious Affairs Minister Yaqut Cholil Qoumas, Manpower Minister Ida Fauziyah, and State Apparatus Utilization and Bureaucratic Reform Minister Abdullah Azwar Anas.

"In order to improve the people's (dynamics), economic and tourism growth, and to allow opportunity for children and parents to spend time together during school holidays on 2023 Eid al-Adha, there needs to be changes made to the collective leave days for 2023," according to the directive.

State Apparatus Utilization and Bureaucratic Reform Minister Abdullah Azwar Anas remarked that the three-day leave is not merely to bridge the difference of Eid al-Adha days between the government and Muhammadiyah but also to ensure good quality of holidays that can be enjoyed by families.

"So it is not only because there are two Eid al-Adha on different days, but this is holiday season for kids, so quality time of our state civil apparatuses and Indonesians are important, so they can spend it with their families, he elaborated.

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