I mentioned several blogs ago how it seemed I can't turn around without bumping into another holiday. I stayed indoors (for other reasons) and avoided all the bloodshed. Idul Adha is the Day of Sacrifice for Muslims. Idul Adha coupled with Idul Fitri are the two most important Muslim holidays in the year. Families purchase goats, sheep or cows and turn them over to the mosques and their staff to be sacrificed while their names are read aloud. Then the meat is donated to charity, which is the meaning of this day. It seems to me that it's a particularly gruesome way to encourage folks to donate food to the needy but far be it from me to shun any attempt to help others. This event also turned Jakarta into one bit cow pasture. The city took on a very distinct smell as make shift pens went up all over. Worshipers could chose their own goat/sheep/cow depending on their price and preference. I was told that goats were 1.2 million Rp. (approx $135) while cows could cost as much as 9 million Rp. (approx $1,011).
|This is a goat pre-slaughter on a funny little platform on the back of a motorbike.|
I'll post a few more photos, mostly taken from the back of the ojek.
As a side note about holidays, here is the official Indonesian government list for next year. Muslim holidays are in blue, Hindu holidays in yellow, Christian holidays in purple, Buddhist holidays in gray and Indonesian government in red. The one that's left out is Chinese New year. I wasn't sure where to put that, maybe Buddhist but not necessarily. I also get additional holidays at my school that include Korean Independence day and Chuseuk (Korean Thanksgiving day) among a few others. You want multicultural? We got yer multicultural right here!
Official Holiday Schedule for 2011
|1 January||Saturday||New Year|
|3 February||Thursday||Chinese New Year (Imlek) 2562|
|15 February||Tuesday||Birthday of the Prophet Muhammad|
|5 March||Saturday||Day of Silence – Hindu New Year 1933|
|22 April||Friday||Good Friday|
|24 April||Sunday||Easter Sunday|
|17 May||Tuesday||Waisak 2555|
|2 June||Thursday||The Ascension of Jesus Christ into Heaven|
|29 June||Wednesday||Isra Mi'raj Prophet Mohammad SAW, Celebrating the Ascension of The Prophet Muhammad|
|17 August||Wednesday||Indonesian National Independence Day|
|29 August||Monday||Shared Holiday by Gvt decree-part of Idul Fitri|
|30-31 August||Tuesday-Wednesday||Idul Fitri 1432 H|
|1-2 September||Thursday-Friday||Shared Holiday by Gvt decree-part of Idul Fitri|
|6 November||Sunday||Idul Adha 1432 H|
|27 November||Sunday||Islamic New Year 1433 H|
|25 December||Sunday||Christmas Day|
|26 December||Monday||Shared Holiday by Gvt decree-part of Christmas|
http://www.expat.or.id/info/holidays.html for more information on any of these holidays.