Idul Fitri in Indonesia: A journey in photos

Photos by Tagdard, Zahara Tiba, Michael Watopa and Yenny Herawati for Khabar Southeast Asia



Thousands of Muslims chanted "Allah almighty" while riding motorcycles to welcome Idul Fitri festivities in Ambon. Circling Ambon City, the crowd was escorted by hundreds of military and police personnel on Saturday (August 18th). The event was launched by the governor of Maluku, Karel Albert Ralahalu, in Front of Al Fatah Mosque in Ambon. In his speech, he reminded Muslims to avoid any actions that could jeopardize harmonious relations between Muslims and Christians. ''Let us enhance our fraternity in Maluku," Ralahalu said. [Tagdard/Khabar].

Thousands of Muslims in Ambon perform Idul Fitri prayers on Sunday (August 19th) in the Al-Fatah Mosque. More than 10,000 people attended, causing the closure of several main roads. [Tagdard/Khabar]

In Jakarta, travelers wait for a train on one of Tanah Abang Station’s platforms that will take them back to their hometowns. An estimated 16 million people returned to their hometowns during this year’s Idul Fitri (Lebaran) holiday. [Zahara Tiba/Khabar].

Jakarta: A man selects ketupat, a typical rice cake made during Ramadan and Idul Fitri. It is served with other traditional foods, such as rendang, an Indonesian dish made from beef cooked in coconut milk and spices. Most Indonesian Muslim families provide the food to guests celebrating Idul Fitri. Ketupat is made in pouches, from young coconut leaves. [Zahara Tiba/Khabar].

Jakarta: A seller in the street market prepares firecrackers in Tanah Abang, Central Jakarta. Firecrackers are often ignited to mark the end of Ramadan and celebrate Idul Fitri. [Zahara Tiba/Khabar].

Thamrin Street, the busiest street of the capital, is nearly empty on Saturday (August 18th). Jakarta has become largely deserted as millions returned to their hometowns during Idul Fitri. [Zahara Tiba/Khabar].

Bogor, West Java: A family returns home after an Idul Fitri prayer, holding each other’s hands. The prayer is usually held in the morning in a mosque or an open field marking the Muslim holy day. [Zahara Tiba/Khabar].

Jakarta: Muslims shake hands and hug each other asking for forgiveness after an Idul Fitri prayer, a local custom observed during the holiday. [Zahara Tiba/Khabar].

Jakarta: A man shakes and kisses his mother’s hand asking for forgiveness after the Idul Fitri prayer. [Zahara Tiba/Khabar].

A vendor sells flowers in Jombang, East Java. She told Khabar that demand has increased by more than 400% during Ramadan and Idul Fitri. [Michael Watopa/Khabar]

Surabaya, East Java: On Sunday (August 19th), a family gathers for Nyekar, an observance during which flowers are placed on graves and prayers offered to the spirits of the deceased. Muslims usually come with their family or certain groups during Idul Fitri. [Michael Watopa/Khabar].

Jombang, East Java: Thousands of Muslims practice a prayer on Idul Fitri's eve, August 18, 2012. They pray for approximately 2-3 hours and read the Qur'an accordingly. [Michael Watopa/Khabar].

Jombang, East Java: Hundreds of santri kalong (Islamic students who do not reside at boarding schools) listen to a discussion of Kitab kuning, a book discussing several aspects of Islam and serving as a complement to learning the Qur'an. On August 13th, hundreds of Islamic students had to study outside, at the roadside or by the side of a lake, due to the local mosque's limited capacity. Discussion of the book was broadcast from the mosque's loudspeaker. [Michael Watopa/Khabar].

Jombang, East Java: Hundreds of Islamic students met for Salawat Al Banjari, a prayer for the Prophet Muhammad, in celebration of Nuzulul Qur'an -- the night when the Qur'an was for the first time presented to the world. [Michael Watopa/Khabar].

Madiun, East Java: Thousands of Muslims gather at Baitul Hakim Mosque for Idul Fitri prayers early on Sunday (August 19th) [Yenny Herawati/Khabar].

Madiun, East Java: While under the sun, thousands of Muslims say their Idul Fitri prayers at the Baitul Hakim Mosque on Sunday (August 19th). [Yenny Herawati/ Khabar].

Madiun, East Java : After the Idul Fitri prayers and the sermon by the Imam, people flocked to the streets chanting "selamat Lebaran mohon ma'af lahir dan batin" (Happy Idul Fitri, let us forgive each other sincerely) with their family, relatives, friends and neighbours. [Yenny Herawati/Khabar].

Madiun, East Java: Due to the limited seating and the number of people attending the Al Hidayah Mosque for the Idul Fitri prayer, the city closed several main roads in Madiun to provide a place to pray. The picture shows the street littered with stacks of paper used as cushions during the prayer. [Yenny Herawati/Khabar].

Reader Comments

  • Yudha Nhara December 25, 2012 @ 11:12:12AM

    Roving chants are not taught in Islam, let alone those done using motorcycles. It emulates the heathen new year tradition of walking around the city. What you get is yelling and motorcycles roaring, not prayer chants.

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