Thursday, 14 June 2012

unique traditions of Ramadan in Indonesia

Did you know various traditions in various regions in Indonesia have been a lot happening from generation to generation only to welcome this holy month? Apem eat cake, for example. What did it mean? 

This tradition is there in Semarang and shaped like anight market. The traders sell all sorts of things, ranging from toys to apparel. In addition, there are also forms of entertainment such as carousel.

Dugderan trusted as a combination of two words, namely 'dug' (drum sounds) and 'der' (cannon sounds). Drum and cannon ancients used to mark the coming of the holy month of Ramadan. Dugderan usually begins one week before the fasting and ends exactly one day before the fasting month begins

Communities in West Sumatrawelcomes the holy month of Ramadan with Balimau tradition. Balimau itself in the language of the Minangkabau have meaning bath with shampoo. This tradition is a symbol of cleansing themselves before starting a fast. 

Balimau also conducted abuzz. Can in a river, lake, or pond. Anyone can join, from young and old, men and women. 

Balimau is a symbol of cleansing themselves before fasting. People young and old, men, women, children to parents, blended together to take a bath together in the tradition of baths. Usually, this balimau ended following the sinking of the sun or the adzan maghrib arrived.

Balimau addition, the community of West Sumatra had a tradition of "malamang", which is made from glutinous rice lemang seruas on bamboo. 

Malamang tradition is common in the community two days before Ramadan arrives. Lamang the cooked later will transfer to home-in-law and next of kin as he apologizes ahead of fasting. 


Meugang is the tradition of the people of Aceh. They slaughtered a buffalo and the meat eaten before Lent. Aceh residents can buy these buffalo venture. 

Usually people who are economically better able to contribute to contribute to the poor could enjoy this. In Aceh, meugang not only held prior to the Idul Fitri holidays, but also during the Idul Adha. 

Eating cake apem (Nyadran) 

Apem eat cake to mark the arrival of the fasting month of commonly performed in Surabaya. Apem cake trusted name comes from the word 'afwan' in Arabic, which means forgiveness. So symbolically eat cake can be interpreted apem apologizes to family, relatives, and friends. After eating cake apem, the people who gathered usually greet each other shaking hands apologized, and continued the show with tahlilan. 

Nyadran have known such a tradition of our ancestors long ago. After Islam was introduced to the archipelago (about the 13th century), such a tradition that has been known nyadran this society, is slowly beginning to acculturated with Islamic teachings. When Wali Songo broadcast of Islam in Java, this tradition back to "modified". Finally happened blend of ritual, among the Java community trust with the teachings of Islam, which then produces nyadran tradition. 

Perlon unggahan 

Before the holy month began, the community had organized a big meal Banyumas, called Perlon Unggahan. Various kinds of food available, but that should not be missed is the lunch pack, serundeng beef, and vegetables soggy. Uniquely, serundeng beef and vegetables should be prepared muddy men and their number should be 12 people, mainly due to the number of goats and cows are slaughtered. 

Tonight the group had not yet finished so bare of pedestrians entering the tomb complex Bonokeling. With sejinjing 'Ambeng' padepokan they gathered in this place six Kasepuhan worship. Kyai Kasepuhan Mejasari, Kyai Padawirja, Kayai Wiryatpada, Kyai Padawitama, Kyai Kyai Wangsapada and Naya Leksana Bonokeling kneeling in front of the tomb. Khushuu they worship, without their cocky walk. Keiklasan hearts and unites them together to face the Almighty. 

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