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Government: 'Lebaran not tomorrow, but the day after' LIPPO CIKARANG - Just a while ago it was decided upon during a sidang istbat - extraordinary 'meeting' with the Indonesian government, Islamic scolars and foreign guests, that the most important day of the Islamic year, the first day of the month of Syawal, or Idul Fitri, not falls on August 30, but one day later on August 31. This news broke after August 30 had been picked as Idul Fitri or Lebaran as official public holiday over a year ago.

During this meeting, observations were made where the last piece of the current moon was visible, which caused Lebaran to move ahead one entire day, so the fasting should continue for one more day officially. Idul Fitri is officially celebrated on August 31 now. But because this was only officially announced a few hours ago, celebrations and especially malam Takbiran have ended up in confusion in many areas in Indonesia.

Celebrations during malam Takbiran in Islamic areas in Indonesia can mainly be noticed by continuous praises to Allah through loudspeakers of mosques. In parts of the country these prayers were suddenly halted when news broke that Lebaran was moved ahead one day. Malam Takbiran is the evening before Lebaran, and will now be held tomorrow evening.

Fortunately most people do not need to worry too much about on what date Lebaran is held exactly. The Indonesian government always dedicates two national holidays on a row for the celebration of Lebaran and will fill up the rest of the week with national holidays as well to make sure that all are able to celebrate Lebaran on their respective day.

The biggest Islamic organisation in Indonesia, Muhammadiyah, has earlier decided that August 30 is the first day of Syawal and does not change that anymore. The second largest organisation, Nahdlatul Ulama, earlier picked August 31 as the first day of Lebaran and was right at the end. Both dates will be used for Idul Fitri celebrations in different areas in Indonesia. The only question is whether people will also prolongue fasting for one more day ...


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Posted in Ramadan @ 29 August 2011 16:18 CET by Jeroen · 'Blog' RSS feed · permalink






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