This May, final year students in Indonesia is very anxious waiting for their graduation announcement that they have done last month. They are very anxious about their grade because it is used for their enrolment to higher education.
In a few days, fasting month will start for Moslem all around the world. As a country with the highest number of Moslem in the world, Indonesia also quite eager in embracing the holy month for the devotees.
There are a few of unique traditions done by Indonesian Moslem for welcoming Ramadhan. In this article, we will discuss some of them.
Sendratari Ramayana, or Ramayana Ballet, is a performance held at night in the stage inside the Candi Prambanan complex of Yogyakarta Special Region and Central Java Province. The performance, a visualisation of story carved in the candi itself, is a combination of traditional Javanese dance and drama epoch accompanied with the sound of Gamelan orchestra, a traditional Javanese set of instrument. In the performance, there is no dialogue. The story is performed using dances and the songs in Javanese sung by sinden, singers of the orchestra. Hundreds of dancers are involved in the ballet, not to mention all the musician (niyaga) behind the gamelan, so yes, it is a big and complex stage. Although the sinden sing in Javanese, don’t be afraid because there are narrations in Bahasa Indonesia and in English alongside the ballet. In the entrance, there are also brochures with summary of the story in other languages than Bahasa Indonesia and English.
Have you ever been to Indonesia? If you have, or you are planning to, you must know Borobudur Temple, or Candi Borobudur. One of the largest buddhist temples in the world, Candi Borobudur is one of the must-visit destinations of Indonesia. If you like visiting Borobudur and temples in general, these temples can also suit your fancy.
Rumah Makan Padang (Padang Restaurant) is a restaurant offering selection of food from Padang and neighbouring cities of West Sumatra. People of Minangkabau, or West Sumatra, especially from Pariaman region, are very famous of their entrepreneurships in the food business. It was said that if people from Padang go out from their birthplace, they will make a restaurant, resulting in the amount of Rumah Makan Padang in many cities of Indonesia. In Jakarta alone, there are at least 20000 Rumah Makan Padang registered, as reported by Iwapin (Indonesia Alliance of Padang Restaurant).