When an Indonesian muslim official announces the first day of Ramadan in Indonesia, the whole country would celebrate with “Kolak”, “Randang” and flower carnivals. Indonesia’s Ramadan Celebration is very important and ancient since Islam had entered the country during the 7th century.
In Java Island these carnivals, or “Dugdiran,” depend on decorating houses and streets with flowers and graphics. All family dressed the “Batik” that is decorated with natural draws, and then they walk in streets in groups using drums, music and dancing.
The carnivals are dubbed throughout the country in different names; like in the capital city ,Jakarta, the carnivals are known as “Nyourog”.
One of The media Team at the Indonesian Embassy in Egypt Irwan Maulana said that when he was young he used to participate in celebrating Ramadan days before it started. According to Maulana, “All the children held a flame of Bamboo that was dipped in oil and they were singing while walking in the streets.”
Once Ramadan starts in Indonesia all the citizens start to change most of their habits like men wear “Sarong” as they don’t go to Mosques wearing pants as it is considered as bad behavior, the restaurants will be closed during the day and the weirdest habit that they have washing in the river to get ready for Ramadan. During feasts, they wear whit formal dresses which are known as “koko”.
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The Indonesian main meal is rice with many recipes even the side dishes included rice; in Ramadan they made the “Dodol” candy from rice flour, Coconut and black sugar. The most famous dish in Indonesia is “Randang”; it consists of steamed beef and Curry. And the most famous drink is “Kolak”; it is a hot sweet soup that consists of Coconut juice in addition to Potato or Banana and black sugar.
Contributed by: Menna Seliem