Eid Mubarak: Going to Hometown
Cirebon Travel Blog› entry 7 of 10 › view all entries
Here are several things that Indonesian Moslems usually do during Eid Mubarak. All of them are only customs, not based on what Islam tells us to do.
In Indonesia, during Lebaran (Eid Mubarak), most of Moslems use that time to go to their hometown to visit their parents or family. It is called mudik. The word mudik is from the word udik means hometown. The price of all kinds of transportation is more expensive during Lebaran season. Since about 5 years ago, owning a motorcycle is easy in Indonesia.
The people that use motorcycles to go to their hometown are called pasukan ninja (ninja troops). It is because they wear jackets (mostly black), use helmets that cover their faces, and cover their faces with scarfs to protect them from dust and sun. During the peak days, they ride together just like troops. Many of them bring one or two children and big bags. It is very not safe, but they take the risk because it is very economical.
Even the journey is not
easy and needs sacrifice, such as very bad traffic jammed and costs
them some money, most of the people do it every year, including me.
Saweran is an action where a person throw away some money to the air and several or many people try to grab the money. Saweran is absolutely not taught by Islam. It is only a local custom. I think it is from West Java, because the ones do it are my sisters in law. My husband is form Cirebon, West Java. I ever attended Sundanese wedding ceremony twice where I saw the parents of the bride do saweran.
Saweran is not safe
because usually people focus on getting the money and do not care
about other people and their own safety.
In other regions, the elder people usually give some money to their children, nephews, nieces, and other children who come to their houses. The amount depends on their economical abilities. It can be Rp 1000, Rp 5000, Rp 10000 for each child. It can be more for their own families, such as Rp 50000 or even more.
Nyekar is going to
cemetery to pray for the spirit. The word nyekar is from the
word sekar means flower.
Usually, Indonesian Moslems do nyekar before fasting month (Ramadhan) and during Lebaran season. But, it is only a custom. Islam doesn't mention that we have to do that during those specific times.
Many people use the time
to go to tourism spots with family or neighbors for picnic.
People go to zoo, beaches, or other tourism spots. I'm not sure about the reason why people go for picnic during Lebaran. Maybe, it is because all people are on holiday so they can go together. Or, maybe because they have more money so they want to spend it. In Indonesia, all employees get one month salary for Lebaran.