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Fun and festivities in Indonesia - celebrations, festivals and cultural events

Pura Ulun Danu Bratan, Bedugul, Bali Indonesia is a mix of cultures, religions, and traditions. 13 public holidays are celebrated here. Every island also has its own festivals and local celebrations. The government recognizes 6 religions. Many religious holidays are state (national) holidays. Religious holidays do not have exact dates. This is due to the fact that Muslim holidays are determined according to the lunar calendar and/or the phases of the moon. The dates of the Hindu festivals are determined according to the Saka calendar. It is based on the ancient number system. The world celebrates the New Year on January 1. The New Year does not come on this day for Hindus and Muslims. But the New Year began to be actively celebrated on the western model in recent years in Indonesia. Celebrations are held with fun, parties, and dancing. This applies mainly to large cities. The New Year according to the Chinese (lunar calendar) is celebrated in January-February. This is a family holiday. All relatives go to visit each other. Children go from house to house and receive sweets or money on this day. Shopping centers are lavishly decorated. They hold huge sales. Chinese New Year is a day off.
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The Feast of the Sacrifice (Eid al-Adha) follows the end of the Holy month of Ramadan. This is a Muslim holiday. This day is an official holiday. It is dedicated to a religious event: the Allah through the Archangel Jibrīl commanded Ibrahim to sacrifice his son. He was replaced by a lamb at the last moment. Thousands of people gather at the Istiqlal mosque in Jakarta on this day. People go to visit and invite guests on this day. It is customary to meet this day in new clothes. Therefore, the holiday is one more reason for shopping.
Balinese New Year (Hari Raya Nyepi) is celebrated in March and April. The kissing ceremony that young people practice is one of the most fun rituals. Other customs are also unusual. People paint their faces and walk the streets, making as much noise as possible. It is believed that the Lord of hell sends demons and evil spirits to earth on this day. But the noise scares them away. The next day is a day of silence. The lights go out on this day. People devote themselves to self-contemplation. Copyright
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Kartini Day is celebrated on April 21. This is a day of struggle for women's rights. Lady Kartini was the daughter of a Javanese nobleman, an activist for women's rights for education. The day is not a day off.
The country's Muslims celebrate the New Year in the first month of the lunar Muslim calendar. Good Friday, celebrated by Christians, is also a national holiday. The birthday of the prophet Muhammad, Easter, Ascension Day, Isra and Miʿraj (the night journey of the prophet Muhammad to Jerusalem and his ascension to heaven), and Christmas are also celebrated. All holidays except Christmas do not have an exact date.
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Independence Day from Dutch rule is celebrated on August 17. The date is grandly celebrated in cities and villages.

Education Day (May 2), Children's Day (July 23), National Sports day (September 8), Armed Forces Day (October 5), and Women's Day (December 22) are also celebrated in Indonesia.
An unusual religious festival takes place in the province of Bengkulu in Sumatra. It is dedicated to a tragic event – the death of the prophet's grandson, Hassan Hussein. The festival culminates in a procession carrying turrets topped with replicas of Hussein's coffin. The battle in which Hussein died is also replayed. The Chinese Confucian Toa Peh Kong Festival is held in Manado in Sulawesi. The colorful procession includes horses, children in Chinese costumes, and boats.
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The Festival of the Dead is held in Toraja in Sulawesi. This place is famous for its strange and complex burial traditions. They last for years (the deceased is in the house at this time). They are so expensive that people take on debt for them. The Yadnya Kasada Ceremony in East Java is performed by the tengressi. They are the descendants of the 13th-century Majapahit princes who live on Mount Bromo. This commune is Hindu despite the fact that Muslims live in Java mostly. A solemn procession ascends the mountain and throws various offerings into the volcano's mouth: fruits, flowers, and even money. The ceremony has its origins in pagan beliefs in the gods of Vulcan.
Reconstructions of tribal wars are carried out in the Wamena town in Papua. Bull races are held after the harvest festival on Madura.

Pagan traditions are still strong in some regions. Several festivals and ceremonies dedicated to the celebration of the sea goddess Nyai Roro Kidul. The Muslim ceremony is held in the city of Yogyakarta in Java. Gifts to the Goddess are actually brought during it. These are fruits, flowers, and silk.
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Wesak is a Buddhist festival. It includes simultaneously honoring three events: the birth of Siddhartha, enlightenment, and the death of Gautama Buddha. Offerings of flowers, candles, and fruit are made in temples.
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Senggigi Beach

From the series “Most Fabulous and Magic Beaches”
In Indonesia, a popular holiday destination among fans of beach activities is the island of Lombok. The most famous beach here is Senggigi. It is located in the southwestern part of the island and has the length of 10 km. The main feature of the beach is its dark sand of volcanic origin. If you overlook the beautiful stretch of the coast, you will notice that it is framed by a dense tropical thickets. There are attractive hotels, restaurants and shops along the coast, so guests of the popular beach won’t experience the lack of entertainment.

The Senggigi Beach, as well as the entire island of Lombok in general, is very popular among honeymooners. It’s not difficult to find a suitable location for a secluded relaxation even in high season. There are quite lively places with bars and … Read all

Statue of Christ Blessing

From the series “The Most Grandiose Statues and Monuments”
Travellers who are going to visit Indonesia should definitely look into the town of Manado. Here they can see one of the greatest sculptures in the world, the Statue of Christ Blessing. The sculpture stands on top of a hill at an altitude of 150 meters above sea level. It is absolutely visible from anywhere in the tiny town and serves as an excellent reference point for tourists. The height of the monument is 50 meters, taking into account the 20-meter pedestal.

The Statue of Christ Blessing is among the five largest statue of Jesus Christ in the world.  It ranks in the top 10 tallest sculptures of Asia. The idea to build the unique monument in a small Indonesian town belonged to the representatives of the Christian movement of Manado and North Sulawesi Society and to Worship God. For … Read all
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Attractions and entertainment in top cities of Indonesia

Retro is usually called the most popular night club in Jakarta. Music never stops here until early in the morning. This night club is equipped with an excellent bar that offers a huge choice of exotic cocktails and snacks. Fans of techno music will be definitely pleased with their visit to Sydney 2000 Club. The club has become a permanent venue for performances of popular disc jockeys. Every evening spent in Sydney 2000 will be truly unique. Zanzibar is another popular nightclub of the city. It … Read more
As it was noted above, Surabaya doesn’t lack in variety of sports centers. The Taman Dayu golf center located in the picturesque suburb is in high demand. You can not only enjoy the game on the upscale course, but also relax from the hustle of big cities and enjoy the natural splendor. The Bukit Darmo golf center is also popular among guests of city. It features upscale equipment and is suitable even for experienced athletes. Fans of spa treatments won’t be bored too; they should definitely … Read more
Those wishing to spend time away from the bustling city streets can be recommended to go on a trip to the islands of Nusa Penida. There are interesting excursions to the most beautiful natural places, as well as several beautiful beaches perfectly suitable for secluded relaxation. A wide choice of health treatments and sports entertainment are offered by BaliWellnessJourneys Center. It is very popular with supporters of an active lifestyle. Here visitors can enjoy massage rooms, a variety of … Read more
Local parks and gardens are a wonderful destination for walking and cycling. Many parks have special areas for people who practice yoga. These are the places where you can enjoy peace and rest, and do meditation. The local restaurants and bars welcome their guests until late at night. Many gastronomic facilities also offer extensive entertainment programs to their visitors. Performances of music bands and theater groups, theme parties and various presentations will help to make your holiday … Read more
Fans of spending time outdoors would like Jaya Ancol park, where a variety of rides is just huge. It is a suitable place to stay for both fans of thrill and for the youngest guests. Tourists who plan to go Bogor should definitely visit the local botanical garden, Kebun Raya. You won’t find such a variety of beautiful plants and flowers gathered in one place anywhere else on the island. Bandung features an interesting place for hiking next to volcano Tangkuban Praia; the city is famous for … Read more
In the city of Palembang there is one of the most interesting and picturesque zoos. There are elephants and crocodiles, orangutans and bears, as well as exotic representatives of the local fauna among its inhabitants. Undoubtedly, the most attractive destination for foreign visitors remains Krakatoa volcano. Its last eruption was in 1883, after that a chain of small coral islands was formed near Sumatra. Currently, they are favorite tourist destinations, as there are wellness centers and … Read more
Sulawesi Island
Please notice, that only the north part of the island has the well-developed infrastructure for tourists and divers. Snorkeling fans will also like it here – multiple underwater world representatives, good visibility and an opportunity to easily rent a boat, creat almost perfect conditions. In the north part of Sulawesi, you can attend training in a diving school and get an international certificate. Though, if you don’t have any desire to dive or you got tired of all the beauty of the … Read more

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