Eid Mubarak: Going to Hometown

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Going hometown by motorcycle with 2 children

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.



MUDIK

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.

Going hometown by motorcycle with a child and big bagages
It can be bought using credit and the down payment is low. That's why many people use motorcycles to go mudik. It is cheaper than using bus, train, and of course air plane. It is more flexible, because they can stop where ever and whenever they want or need. At their hometown, they can use the motorcycles to visit their families. So, they don't have to use public transportation. From a newspaper, I got the information that it was about more than 2 million people went to their hometown by motorcycle. It was 5 times from 5 years ago.

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.

Throw and grab the money
Celebrating Lebaran in hometown with big family is different. I prefer not to celebrate Lebaran in Jakarta. It doesn't feel like Lebaran. Even I have to spend more time in traveling to my hometown. The time can be twice more than usual.



SAWERAN


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.

Pray for the spirit
But, sometimes people do it for fun. I personally do not agree with that action and never involve in it. My husband and I prohibit our younger daughter but still let the elder to join it. The amount was not satisfying. She only got Rp 27000 but she got the fun.


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


Nyekar is going to cemetery to pray for the spirit. The word nyekar is from the word sekar means flower.

Sprinkle flower petals on graves
Usually, when we do nyekar, we sprinkle petals of special flowers on the graves. We also pray for the spirit. Indonesian people usually visit their parents'. graves regularly in order to make sure that they are clean. Islam suggests Moslems to visit cemetery in order to remind them that someday they will be there too, not to pray. It is because we can pray for the spirit anywhere. The best is pray at a mosque.


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.



PICNIC


Many people use the time to go to tourism spots with family or neighbors for picnic.

Using pick-up to go for picnic
for the people who do not have private cars, to make the transportation cost more economical, they often use pick-ups or trucks to bring them to the tourism spots. It's not safe and comfortable of course, but I can see that they enjoy it.


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.


YantiSoeparno says:
Thanks Agi...
Posted on: Oct 19, 2008
Aquedita says:
Nice work :)
Your writing is fascinating.
Posted on: Oct 18, 2008
YantiSoeparno says:
Yeah... you have to see it by yourself. You will be amazed!
Posted on: Oct 09, 2008
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