Saturday, 16 Feb 2019

Differences of Eid al-Fitr celebration in Indonesia and Egypt


IllustrationIllustration - As in Eid al-Fitr tradition in general, the practice of Ied prayers in Egypt is earlier than Indonesia. Usually Egyptians, like in Cairo, have started Ied prayers from 6 am and over at 7 am in the mosque or open field.

In general, there is a tradition of friendship for fellow Egyptians, but the nuances are not as vibrant in Indonesia. Eid al-Fitr in Egypt is quiet. There is no homecoming flow as Eid al-Fitr tradition in Indonesia. In fact, for them the tradition of returning to the village took place on the Eid al-Adha.

There is no food, but they usually serve only halawiyat (a kind of sweets) and mukhallal (a kind of pickled fruits with a mixture of vinegar).

There are also no special events, except most of them prefer to relax in the gardens enjoying the green trees while dining with family meals.

For the Egyptians, the crowd at that time is too important. The most important thing for them is to say one another's prayers and hope for the next year to be better. They used to say "Kullu sanah wa antum thayyib. Hopefully every year you are in good shape."

So even the people of Indonesia who are in Egypt was used to perform the prayers Ied jointly organized by the Embassy in cooperation with the PPMI (association of Indonesian students) in the Egypt. Eid al-FItr events are usually centered in the Mosque as-Salam in Nasr City which started from 8 to 9 o'clock in the morning.

After the Ied prayer, the Embassy will usually do the "Open House" as a gathering place for the people of Indonesia in Egypt. The place of the Open House, sometimes in As-Salam Mosque and sometimes also in the Embassy in Cairo in the Garden City area.

The event is just to stay in touch with food and drink typical of Nusantara from various regions in Indonesia.

Interestingly, if the event is held at the Embassy, ??the students who come from various places to attend the open house event will return to watch and enjoy the beauty of the panorama of the Nile River.

Enjoying the beauty of the panorama of the Nile together with friends in the country people can indeed be entertainers at a time away from parents and family. In the evenings, visitors can enjoy the splendid beauty of the lights or board a boat carrying visitors around the Nile in the glittering light of buildings on the outskirts of the Nile.

For Indonesian students who choose a place to live in a flat or dormitory, they will usually cook typical dishes of Nusantara, such as meatballs, chicken noodles, rawon, chicken satay, soto and other dishes from their respective regions.

For example, for students from Banjar who are in KMKM dormitory (Student Family of Borneo Egypt) usually they will make Soto Banjar as a special cuisine.

That's how they enjoy the Eid atmosphere in order to remain happy and meaningful, though far from their beloved family and homeland


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