Timor-Leste Public Holidays for 2018

The public fixed holidays for 2018 are determined by the Law n.10/2005 of 10th of August (and amended by Law n. 3/2016, of 25th of May):

1st of January – New Year’s Day
3rd of March – Veterans Day
1st of May – World Labour Day
20th of May – Restoration of Independence Day
30th of August – Popular Consultation Day
1st of November – All Saints Day
2nd of November – All Souls Day
12th of November – National Youth Day
28th of November – Proclamation of Independence Day
7th of December – Memorial Day
8th of December – Day of Our Lady of Immaculate Conception and Timor-Leste Patroness
25th of December – Christmas Day
31st of December – National Heroes Day

Variable date for public holiday:

Holy Friday, inserted in the Christian celebrations of the Easter
Corpus Christi, inserted in the Christian celebrations
Idul Fitri, as the day that marks, for the Muslims, the end of Ramadan
Idul Adha, as a day of sacrifice for Muslims

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Whale found off Timor-Leste’s coast

Some more great news for Timor-Leste and our biologists that love visiting our country to explore its natural habitats and fauna. As reported by Reuters,a whale area has been discovered just off the coast. Some say that this is among one of the top places in the world with the highest concentration of whales and dolphins.

Main scientist Karen Edyvane told Reuters “We were all amazed to see such an abundance, diversity and density of cetaceans. Most of them are actually protected.”

Check out the full news here.


Tour of Timor 2015

The Tour of Timor is an annual event of mountain biking in which hundreds of people from various parts of the world participate, and where the greatest trophy of the event are the rustic scenery and the comforting environment that only Timorese people know how to offer.

In 2015 this event will take place on 13 to 15 September, and if you have never visited East Timor before this is a good time to reconcile the innate desire for adventure with the possible discovery of landscapes of an unusual natural beauty and tracks that have never been traveled, of an island ever discovered but little explored.

So do not miss this incredible opportunity and come enjoy the numerous benefits that it has to offer.

VisitEastTimor.com lands in Same

We would like to thank to all the people who follow us every day. We have news about our site for you all… The first photos by our team have been taken in Same. Take a look 🙂

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Initiative for young Timorese in Portugal

Concerned and dedicated to social and solidarity projects that can provide a substantial improvement for the populations that need it the most, VisitEastTimor.com is pleased to share the following initiative from a Portuguese non-profit organization:

To promote the EUROPEAN YEAR FOR DEVELOPMENT, Help Images is currently producing a film and looking for young Timorese living in Portugal, between 20 and 25 years old (both male and female), to appear as figurants.

The footage is going to be on April 3th and each Timorese that wishes to join this initiative and be a part of this film production, will receive 60€.

Candidates must send full body photo and portrait to the email: [email protected]

For more details or other questions feel free to contact Help Images – www.helpimages.org

HELP IMAGES is a non-profit organization (NGO) created with the objective of promoting social awareness and visibility for charities/NGOs in the communities in which they operate by providing media services with cost-effective and dedicated solutions.

Iniciativa para jovens Timorenses em Portugal

Preocupado e dedicado a projetos sociais e de solidariedade que possam proporcionar uma melhoria substancial para as populações que mais precisam, VisitEastTimor.com tem o prazer de partilhar a seguinte iniciativa de uma organização portuguesa sem fins lucrativos:

No âmbito do Ano Europeu para o Desenvolvimento, a Help Images encontra-se a produzir um filme e neste sentido está à procura de figurantes –  jovens timorenses que residam em Portugal, de ambos os sexos e entre 20 e 25 anos de idade.

A filmagem vai ser realizada no dia 3 de Abril e cada jovem timorense que deseje aderir a esta iniciativa e fazer parte desta produção cinematográfica, receberá 60 €.

Os interessados devem enviar uma fotografia de corpo inteiro e um retrato para o email: [email protected]

Para mais informações poderão contactar directamente a Help Images – www.helpimages.org

HELP IMAGES é uma organização sem fins lucrativos, com estatuto de utilidade publica desde Junho de 2008, cuja missão é promover a consciencialização social, cívica e ambiental das populações, através da produção de conteúdos de media dedicados.


39th Anniversary of the Proclamation of Independence

On 28th November, 1975, Timor-Leste was declared an independent state, after 400 years of colonization. Since that day is named Democratic Republic of Timor-Leste.

This is a remarkable date for timorese people, that brings in memory their former and first president, Nicolau Lobato, that was also the first leader of the Armed Resistance.

All the 13 districts are celebrating. Former leaders of Resistance, and some timorese who helped them in their struggle and dedication on behalf of an independent and free country, will be awarded with medals.

Let’s join this celebration and continue to help developing and improving our beloved Timor-Leste.

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Timor-Leste on the run for a landmark tourism destination

According to the UN agency responsible for the promotion of sustainable and accessible tourism, Timor-Leste was visited by 78 000 people in 2013, which represents an increase of 42% compared to 2012.

This number brings us a fresh incentive to continue our mission on promoting Timor-Leste worldwide.

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Timor-Leste opens the door to European Movies

European Cinema Festival starts today in Díli.

Along the weekend you’ll be able to watch 7 European films between Casa Europa and Fundação Oriente.

Portugal, Germany, France, Hungary will be represented with different films and if you’re a cinema fan you won’t miss them.

Take a look here and here for more info.

Total Lunar Eclipse in Timor-Leste

Last night the moon presented us with a total eclipse. It was like we were at a twilight zone.

There’s a legend in Timor-Leste that associates the eclipses with a darker side of spirituality, so the ancient ones teach us that we have to make noise during the eclipse to let God knows that we are alive on earth.

This was definitely a remarkable experience to have in Timor-Leste, a beautiful and intriguing island with so much to discover and learn, both nature as customs and beliefs of this lovely people.

More info

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New daily flight route from Bali to Díli

Great News!! Garuda Indonesia starts a daily flight route from Bali (Denpasar) to Díli.
October was the chosen month to start the flights. This route came to help pointing Timor Leste as a landmark destination for both holydays or business providing more options for all travelers.

More info here