Indonesian Traveler and Blogger who landed in Amsterdam. Still, her love to home town, Jakarta, remains.
Ho Chi Minh City, as her first experience living outside the comfort zone, has always been in her heart. Even though she got lost there.
Hong Kong is a very vibrant city where her searching mode made her grown up.
Amsterdam, a new chapter to begin.
Amsterdam view from Amsterdam Tower
The view from Amsterdam Tower
Friday, August 9, 2013
Eid ul-Fitr (Idul Fitri) Celebration in Hong Kong
Eid ul-Fitr or Idul Fitri or Lebaran is one of the major national
holiday in Indonesia and other Moslem countries. If it is in Jakarta, the
capital city of Indonesia, it is identical with 1) a week holiday, 2) domestic
helper is away, 3) busy activities in the malls/supermarkets, and 4) the fact
that Jakarta becomes very quiet as most of its residents are away…
This year in Hong Kong
How is it the fasting month of Ramadhan and Idul Fitri celebration in
Hong Kong? Nothing. Unlike in Jakarta, where most shopping malls and hotels are
decorated beautifully for this festive season. Days gone by as they never
Even though Ramadhan and Idul Fitri are quiet in Hong Kong, the big
Indonesian community here did welcome this festive month with joy. Some friends
got together organizing their own “Bukber” (Buka Bareng) or break the fast
gathering. The most convenient place is to have it at the Indonesian
Restaurant, as they are familiar with this event and food matches! Also, every
Friday during Ramadhan, crowds gathered at the Indonesian Consulate to meet
with each other and to break their fast.
It was not only because of food they gathered, some friends collected
donation and organized food for the domestic helper shelters. As we might be
aware, there are 150,000 Indonesian Migrant Workers in Hong Kong. What was also
sweet on this activity, donation was also provided by some non-Moslem friends…
I have just moved to Hong Kong and was busy with all of the moving
things; finding a new apartment including its furniture while I was having flu
and skin irritation due to allergic, and when things were about to be settled I
broke my left toe!
Idul Fitri prayer was held by the Indonesian Consulate
General of Republic Indonesia on Friday 9 August 2013 at the Victoria Park,
Causeway Bay. I guessed there were 800-1,000 people attended. I was told that
last year it was attended by 1,500 people. As last year Idul Fitri was on
Sunday which is the day off for the migrant worker.
Eid Prayer @ Victoria Park, 9 August 2013
The prayer started at 8.30 am by two speeches and followed by the
prayer. By 9.03 am, prayer was done. The Imam’s speech followed afterward and
finished before 10 am… It was 32 ° Celsius and “very hot” warning in force by
Idul Fitri, the end of Ramadhan, means becoming holy again...
Wishing you the best of Eid ul-Fitr – Selamat Hari Raya Idul Fitri –
Mohon Maaf Lahir dan Batin.