Eid Mubarak! Eid Ul-Fitr is just around the corner, in less than two days it will mark the end of Ramadan, the Islamic holy month of fasting. Eid Ul-Fitr, locally known as Idul Fitri or more informally as Lebaran/Hari Raya (Celebration Day), is Indonesia’s biggest holiday. Days ahead of Eid, people crowd shopping malls and bazaars (especially for new clothes :D) causing a distinctive festive atmosphere and… traffic! :D. It is common during Eid celebration that many people engage in "mudik /pulang kampung" activity - an annual tradition that people in big cities such as Jakarta, Surabaya, or elsewhere, travel to their home town to celebrate Eid with the whole family. If you know the activity of pulang kampung in Indonesia, uuuugghh… millions of cars and motorcycles jam the roads and highways, causing kilometers of traffic jams.
Idul Fitri is a very joyous day for everyone especially for children as they wear new clothes and the adults give them money. They also celebrate by lighting traditional bamboo cannon firecrackers. Lots of special dishes like ketupat (rice cake), opor ayam (braised chicken in coconut gravy), soto ayam (Indonesian chicken soup), and rawon (eastern java beef chunks in black soup) and other Eid delicacies like kue lebaran (Lebaran Cookies) are served during this day. Apart from the all-sounded-festive-celebrations, Idul Fitri is also a time for atonement: to ask for forgiveness for sins which we may have committed. So in this wonderful moment, for all my friends from all over the world who celebrate Eid, with all my humbleness let me say:
Mohon Maaf Lahir dan Bathin
Have a Joyful and Sparkling Eid Mubarak!
Wish you a prosperous Eid that brings a promise of happiness and blessings!
Btw, I’ll have pulang kampung activity too, I’m going to spend my first Lebaran day in Yogyakarta, spending my time with family and relatives from my father’s side then will be back to Malang, my beloved lovely city, again for the rest of the holiday. So, will be off from blogging activity during the holiday. Really hope that the tremendous traffic jam won’t kill me because of high level of boredom :D.