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Ramadan in Indonesia
« on: July 16, 2013, 11:12:16 AM »
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The fasting month of Ramadan is a month full of blessings for Muslims, who eagerly anticipate its arrival. Muslims believe that Ramadan is a month full of God’s mercy, gifts, and forgiveness when all of one’s good deeds and prayers will be rewarded by God and all one’s sins will be forgiven. It is a lunar holiday and this year, Ramadan comes to Indonesia from July 9 – August 9, 2013.

In Indonesia, where the majority of the population is Muslim, there are various traditions in a number of areas in which people welcome the holy month of Ramadan. Although traditions may differ, the spirit remains the same, which is joyful and gratefulness in welcoming the holy month. The following are the examples of traditions during Ramadan in a number of areas:

• “Dugderan” in Semarang, Central Java
Dugderan takes place in Semarang the capital city of Cenral Java. “Dug” is the sound of a mosque drum to indicate the arrival of Ramadhan, while “Der” is the sound of cannon that is fired simultaneously with the sound of the mosque drum.

• “Meugang” in Aceh, Sumatera.
Meugang is practiced in Aceh (Nangroe Aceh Darussalam) and Muslim over there slaughter goats, sheep or buffalos. This tradition has existed in the province since the year 1400 when the province was ruled by Kings.

• “Nyorog” in Betawi, Jakarta
“Nyorog” for Betawi people in Jakarta means distributing food to elderly family members. Although the terminology Nyorog has almost disappeared the tradition still remains. The food varies such as buffalo meat or beef, packaged noodles, coffee, milk, sugar, syrup and so forth.

• “Ngabuburit” in West Java
Sundanese people in Bandung, West Java often go out before dusk with friends or family to welcome the moment of buka puasa—which means breaking the fast. They call it “Ngabuburit”. There are various activities of ngabuburit starting from playing sports with friends, sightseeing and into religious activities such as spending time in mosque, recites Koran, etc.

• Buka Puasa Bersama—all over Indonesia
Today in many major cities in Indonesia there is also a tradition called buka bersama which means breaking the fast together with relatives, friends or colleagues at restaurants or cafes that have special promotional offers during the holy months.

• Nuzulul Quran (the day commemorating the advent of Koran) and Lailatul Qadar (the night of Koran’ s revelation).
In Indonesia, Nuzulul Quran is celebrated on 17th Ramadhan while Lailatul Qadar is on the 27th of the same month. Both celebrations are uniquely Indonesian traditions.

Due to Ramadan and the Lebaran (Idul Fitri holiday following the fasting month), some tourism destinations in Indonesia might have special opening hours during the fasting month.

In general, you can assume that all museums, galleries, and similar tourism attractions will be closed for the official two days of Lebaran, August 8 and 9. Many companies of all kinds also close during these days and the week following to allow their employees to return to their home villages to celebrate Lebaran with their families.

Hotels generally are open and functioning normally but travel between Jakarta and other places in the days before and after Lebaran is very crowded and difficult to find seats as so many Jakartans “mudik”, or return to their home villages.

Below are some specific examples:

Museum Wayang (Shadow Puppet Museum), Jakarta
Address : Jln. Pintu Besar Utara No. 27 Jakarta Barat 11110
Phone : +62-21-6929560
Opening Hours:
Museum Wayang will be closed from August 8 – 9, 2013 that is the day of Lebaran. Museum Wayang also closes every Monday.
Admission :
IDR 2.000 (20 cent USD) for adults
IDR 6.000 (60 cent USD) for kids

Museum Layang – layang (Kite Museum)
Address : Jln. H Kamang NO. 38, Pondok Labu, Jakarta 12450
Phone : +62-21-7658075
Opening hours: Museum Layang – layang will be close on August 03 – 12, 2013 and will resume
again at August 13, 2013.
Admission :
IDR 10.000 (USD 1) for kids and adults
And free for kids under 3 years old

Taman Mini Indonesia Indah (Beautiful Indonesia in Miniature, Jakarta)
Address : Kompleks Taman Mini Indonesia Indah
Phone : +62-21-29369593
Opening hours : Open regularly every day, including at Lebaran
Admission :
IDR 9.000 (USD 90 cent) for children – adult

Ragunan Zoo
Address : Pasar Minggu, South Jakarta
Phone : +62-21-7896975
Opening hours : Open regularly every day, including at Lebaran
Admission :
IDR. 4.000 (USD 40 cent) for Adult
IDR. 3.000 (USD 30 cent) Children Under Twelve

Istiqlal Mosque,
Address : Jalan Taman Wijaya Kusuma Jakarta
Phone : +62-21-3813206
No ticket Admission to enter the mosque, and they’re open every day.

Batik Shops in Jakarta
All batik shops will open every day. Below 3 biggest batik shop on Jakarta :
• Sarinah Departemen store
Gedung Sarina 4th Floor, Jln. Mohammad Husni Thamrin, No. 11. Jakarta

• Alun- Alun Indonesia
Grand Indonesia, 3rd Floor, West Building. Jl. Mh Thamrin kav 28 – 30.
• Batik Keris Ship
Keris Dept. Store 4th floor. Jl. Hos Cokroaminoto 87-89 Menteng, jakarta

Advice during Ramadan:

• Like any holiday, Ramadan affects business as usual. Many venues operate with limited hours and staff, so try to book accommodation, transport, and tours via internet or phone before you arrive. Even if office have posted hours, call ahead to ensure someone’s available to meet your needs.
• Most restaurants close by day, so bring a packed lunch from your hotel or reserve ahead at restaurants that open for lunch in tourist areas.
• Get into the Ramadan spirit. To show your support, avoid eating or drinking on the street in front of people who are probably fasting and grant people privacy at prayer times.

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Re: Ramadan in Indonesia
« Reply #1 on: August 15, 2013, 09:54:40 AM »
Now for the ramadan related criminal activity (thieves); how can you assume the police force doing something again it when themselves are doing the same and it is commonly approved by the population.