Lebaran in Indonesia


Do you know lebaran? Of course you do, if you’re Indonesian, don’t you? But I’m sure that some of you don’t know what is it. I think, lebaran is a new term of –the same kind of—social phenomena that happened in Indonesia. The origin of lebaran is Idul Fitri (Arabic). That is a feast day in Islam which celebrated after the Muslims fast for a month (Ramadan). Lebaran is celebrated on 1st Shawwal. The meaning of the Idul Fitri is come back to the saintliness. Most of people has a notion that lebaran is obliged to be celebrated, because their struggle against of desire for a month has finished. They celebrate it with new clothes, much of meals, Halal Bi Halal, and others.
Actually, they just ordered to tight the rope of sillaturahim. Notably on the Shawwal, if we do a benefaction, we are like doing it for a year.
The origin of lebaran terminology is lebar (Java) that means finish or end. Most of people interpret this word naturally. I mean they judge the finish is finish. All of benefaction they have done for a month is not necessary again right now. So, usually after coming back to saintliness, they leave good deeds and leaving the saintliness, too. It is indication that they failed on fasting.
On lebaran day –and a few days after it, there is a tradition of halal bi halal (forgive one another). Well, from this, a faulty turns up. But I don’t want to say that we are prohibited to forgive each other. I just mean forgiving is not only on lebaran, but also everyday or whenever, isn’t it? Most of people consider and understanding that Idul Fitri (come back to saintliness) is to ask pardon only. But actually, we come back to saintliness is because our benefaction we do during Ramadan.
There are one more phenomena that happened on lebaran. That is ‘mudik’. Mudik is from word udik that mean village/country. So, mudik means coming home to the birthplace. All people want to celebrate lebaran with their beloved family. It feels not complete if we celebrate lebaran without family. Although they are distant, we will visit them whatever happened. It is a beauty of our lebaran. Have a nice lebaran! Taqabalallahuh minna wa minkum taqabbal ya kariim

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