Special Traditions of Eid al-Fitr for a Unique Bali Private Tour
Having a large Muslim population, Indonesia is more anticipated during the holiday of Eid al-Fitr. After fasting for a month, these big days (or usually called Lebaran)are the best times for Muslims. With their traditions upon Eid al-Fitr days, they have their own unique ways to celebrate the holiday. But who knows Bali also has its own way to fete Eid al-Fitr. This is perfect for a Bali private tour if you do not know where to go during the holidays.
Generally, Muslims start in the eve by takbiran or walking around the residence in groups. They bring lit torches and hit traditional drum (bedug) while singing religious spell. In the morning, Muslims will go the mosque to have a mass praying.
Other special things in Eid al-Fitr is the blood migrant (mudik). Serving ketupat with traditional cuisines like opor, semur or others. Also, there is the new clothes traditions when Muslims will have their new Lebaran’s clothes upon Eid al-Fitr. These activities are very iconic during Eid Al Fitr in Indonesia.
However, every region also has a different tradition to celebrate Eid al-Fitr. For example, Muslim communities in Bai have their own way traditions. This reflects the acculturation and attitude of tolerance by religious people in Bali. These traditions are very interesting to be added to your Bali tour package.
Muslims in Bali or usually called Nyama Selam, which means relatives from among Muslims to relatives who are Muslim. That tradition and culture remains exist, both in the village and urban areas in Bali. Muslims in Bali spread in Pegayaman Village, Buleleng Regency, Budakeling, Karangasem Regency, Petang, Badung Regency, Kepaon, Serangan, Denpasar and Loloan Village in Jembrana Regency.
These are 2 regional traditions that are carried out when celebrating Eid al-Fitr in Bali. A perfect sightseeing for your private tour in Bali:
One of the famous traditions held out by Nyama Selam is ngejot. Ngejot has a meaning of giving something (generally food) to someone else. Towards Eid al-Fitr, Muslims will give food to the neighborhood, no matter what their religion is. This tradition has been carried out since a long time ago and can be found in most areas in Bali.
Hindus who receive foods in Eid al-Fitr then will give the food as good as one gets in Galungan. Ngejot tradition is an acculturation of Islamic culture with Balinese culture that creates peace in tolerance among religious people.
In addition to Ngejot tradition, ahead of Eid al-Fitr, Balinese Muslims also have Pegayaman tradition. The tradition is carried out by Muslims in Pegayaman Village, Sukasada, Buleleng Regency, Bali.
Similar to Balinese Hindus in celebrating Galungan, there are three steps of this tradition. The women usually do this in one the houses of Pegayamanan villagers. They will cook special cuisines to celebrate the Eid al-Fitr. As a sequence, this tradition usually starts from Penapean (making tape), Penyajaan (making jaje uli), and Penampahan (butchering meats). These two iconic traditions in Bali have been carried out since a long time ago. They have been going on for generations. This implies the acculturation of Islamic culture with Balinese culture. This creates a beautiful blend of culture and is very interesting for Bali private tours.