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What is Lebaran and Halal bi Halal

Oktober 8, 2008

‘Lebaran’ is the celebration day of the Ramadan. The majority of Indonesian population are Muslims, so during the month of Ramadan, the ninth month of Islamic-lunar calender, they observe fasting for 29 or 30 days. At the 30th or 31st day, they celebrate it together. This celebration is signed by a collective prayer in the morning both in open spaces and in the mosques. A week after this celebration, Indonesians usually make a gathering called ‘Halal bi Halal’ which signifies the last day of the seven-day ‘Lebaran’ celebration. This gathering is socially designed to maintain social bond among Indonesians so that is not exclusively for Muslims only, but it is also for non-Muslims. Friends, neigbours and relatives regardless of their religious affiliation, are supposed to join this Halal bi Halal gathering.

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