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Eid Al-Fitr : How We Celebrate

June 03, 2019



Hello! This time I’m using both Bahasa Indonesia dan English for this blog post since my sources are not only from Indonesia. So I made this blog post to be readable by everyone.
( Halo! Kali ini saya buat postingan dalam 2 bahasa karena sumber saya tidak hanya dari orang Indonesia saja. Jadi saya membuat blog post ini agar bisa dibaca semua orang )

Every country has its own way to celebrate Eid Al-Fitr. For me it’ll be different from one family to other family in a country. I’m pretty curious about how other people celebrate the same celebration, especially those who live outside Indonesia, so I held a quick survey about this.
( Setiap negara pasti punya kebiasaan tersendiri dalam merayakan Hari Raya Idul Fitri, bahkan kalau kita perhatikan setiap keluarga juga bisa berbeda-beda kebiasaannya. Kali ini saya yang penasaran dengan kebiasaan dari teman-teman saya baik di Indonesia maupun negara lain, maka saya (lagi-lagi) mengadakan quick survey mengenai hal ini )

Thank you for participating in my quick survey, that I really know something new about how people celebrate the same special day in different way.
( Terima kasih untuk yang sudah berpartisipasi dalam quick survey kali ini, saya benar-benar jadi mengetahui hal baru mengenai bagaimana merayakan satu hari yang sama dengan cara yang berbeda )

In Indonesia, there are some traditions in celebrating this special day, both those which are done by most people here and those which are only done by some people from certain area since long time ago.
( Di Indonesia, hal-hal yang umum dilakukan saat Idul Fitri pun lumayan beragam, mulai dari yang dilakukan hampir seluruh orang, hingga yang tradisi khusus dilakukan wilayah wilayah tertentu sejak jaman dahulu. )
1. Mudik ( Visiting family or relatives especially for those who live faraway)
2. Eating ketupat or lontong (made by rice, wrapped by banana leaves and steamed for hours) with any dishes especially those with coconut milk and meat in it like rendang, opor, kare, or gulai.
3. Visiting neighbours where the kids will receive some money (Eid money) and maybe some candies or snacks.
4. Sending gifts and/or Eid card, especially for colleagues and the big sellers for their customers
5. The older people (or those who are stable in financial) give money to the younger in a family
6. You will find any store/shop/mall are decorated by green stuffs in Eid theme, just like those we can find during Christmas and New Year.
7. Going on a vacation with family, to the attraction park or beach.

The Eid foods in Indonesia will be different based on the area, the popular ones are mentioned above, but traditional foods from every area especially made of fish, beef or chicken cooked in herbs and spices will also take place. For the cakes and sweets, we usually have Kembang Goyang (literally means ‘dancing flower’, because it's in flower-shaped and we have to make them 'dancing' during the cooking process), Lidah Kucing (literally means ‘cat’s tongue’, because of the shape), Putu Kacang (cookies made of mung beans, it’s my favorite. It’s said from Sulawesi but I often find it here in Jawa), Kastengel (cheese cookies, I guess it’s introduced by Netherlands during colonial era. Kaas means cheese, and stengels means sticks in Dutch), Nastar (cookies with pineapple jam as its filling), Kuping Gajah (literally means ‘elephant’s ear’, but it’s not the real ear), and many more.
(Makanan lebaran di Indonesia akan berbeda-beda berdasarkan wilayah, yang paling populer seperti yang saya sebutkan di atas, namun makanan tradisional tiap daerah terutama yang terbuat dari ikan, daging sapi atau ayam juga biasa dihidangkan. Untuk kue biasanya ada Kembang Goyang, Lidah Kucing, Putu Kacang, Kastengel, Nastar, Kuping Gajah dan masih banyak lagi)

While my family celebrate Eid Al-Fitr in more simple way without party or vacation. We usually do these things :
( Sedangkan di keluarga saya, saat Idul Fitri kami tidak begitu heboh dengan perayaan atau acara liburan khusus sekeluarga. Biasanya kami melakukan : )
1. Visiting neighbour, relatives and friends
2. Eating bakso ( a clear soup dish made of chicken/beef broth, served with noodles, meatball, and dumplings) which my mom made by herself
3. Stay at home
4. In the 3rd or 4th day we usually go to our favorite stationery shop or mall.

So, how about other people from some different countries celebrating Eid Al Fitr? Here are the results of my quick survey
( Lalu bagaimana dengan perayaan atau kebiasaan saat Idul Fitri di keluarga dan/atau negara lain? Berikut ini beberapa hasil survey cepat yang saya lakukan )

1. Nayuki, Miye and Aejayy from Malaysia

Like most of other countries, in Malaysia, people are visiting homes and giving Eid money to the children. Lemang or Ketupat are their special food during Eid. While, Nayuki will go to the village for visiting in the first day of Eid. For the food, she will have Chicken or Beef Rendang ( a dish made of beef or chicken cooked with some herbs for hours so it is rich in flavour and has dark color).

Miye explained that the people will do certain things during Eid like, the elders usually gives 'duit raya' (Eid money) to children/teenagers. During her childhood time, she will keep the most beautiful 'sampul raya' (envelope) as collection. Then 'Bersalam-salaman & bermaaf-maafan' with family members. “There's a tradition here in Malaysia where we usually held 'rumah terbuka' in any day during Syawal month - usually we invite colleagues, neighbors, friends to our house to celebrate Eid” she added.

While Aejayy will love to eat and sleep during Eid. People around her will be visiting family, going to the mall with Baju Raya (Eid clothes), and some people will wear Baju Raya till 30 syawal. A layered cake named Kek Lapis Sarawak will be popular during Eid in her place.

It’s kinda similar in Indonesia for the Eid food in Malaysia, where there are some difference foods based on the areas, Miye kindly explained it to us here :
1. South region usually serve :
- Ketupat (square shape - normal rice) / nasi impit
- Rendang (mostly minang style - brownish colour, spicy)
- Lontong or Soto
- Dodol (sticky and sweet rice cake)
- Ungkep (since some south people have Javanese blood, most will serve Java food)

2. North region usually serve :
- Ketupat Palas (triangular shape - glutinous rice)
- Rendang Tok (have several versions, but the most known is dark brown colour/very dark brown, not so spicy)
-  Gulai Daging/Ayam Batang Pinang (curry chicken/beef cook with banana's stem)
- Laksa
- Bahulu

3. East region usually serve :
- Ketupat (glutinous rice but very sweet)
- Serunding
- Rendang (not spicy at all, a lil bit sweet)
- Nasi Dagang (some areas)
- Nasi Kerabu (some areas)
*Some areas in north and east region food are not stated here since she doesn't know the food's name

4. Borneo (Sarawak)
- Carbonated Drinks
- Kek Lapis Sarawak
- Local Foods

Miye celebrates Eid by visiting relatives houses on 1st and 2nd Syawal. Usually a day before raya, every family members will gather together to prepare foods, tidy up the house, fill in 'kuih raya' on the jar. She and her family have Ketupat Palas and Rendang Tok as their special foods.

 2. Ai from Indonesia

For Ai, Eid celebration is about eating and visiting relatives. While she and her family have some special foods like Lontong Sayur (Lontong served with vegetable in coconut milk soup), Opor (chicken cooked in coconut milk and spices, similar to rendang but it has more yellowish color), Gado-Gado (shortly it’s a kind of salad with vegetables, boiled egg and peanut dressing) and Bakso.

3. Maryam from Qatar

In Qatar, Eid Al-Fitr celebration is by visiting relatives, men are usually seen as groups on Eid morning, and women too. They will have gatherings mostly for Eid lunch. Then give out Eidiyyas (Eid money) to the kids. Many people love to go out as a family & have lunch/ dinner at a restaurant, but mostly on 2nd day. People in Qatar mostly eat desserts during family visits but many definitely make fish for Eid lunch since usually they don’t prefer to eat fish during Ramadan.
While Maryam’s family will visit both grandma’s houses and eat Eid lunch at one of the 2 places. Then the kids go out to several neighbors’ houses for Eidiyya (Eid money). Visiting other distant relatives in the coming days, and take her kids out to play on day 2. At her parents’ place they usually make Maamool (with dates) and buy cake slices and small tarts.


4. Beyza from Turkey

While in Turkey, people will buy a lot of candy to give to guests and neighbour children. So much that in Turkey, Eid is also called “Candy Day”. Beyza and people in Turkey usually celebrate Eid by visiting relatives. For her or her family there is special hometowns dessert Künefe for celebrating Eid.

5. Maryam from United Arab Emirates

Pray Eid Prayer around 6am then start visiting relatives and friends till midnight. There are many foods for celebrating Eid but mostly they eat Tharid, Balaleet, Asida, and Harees. Maryam usually has family gathering and have fun talking and laughing, and eat traditional Emarati food called Harees and Tharid.

6. Fatima from Bahrain

In Fatima’s family, the kids go to neighbor houses and collect 'eidiyya' (Eid money) and do family gathering and visiting family. People in Bahrain will do the similar thing and then some of them will go to malls or restaurants for Eid celebration.


Eid Al-Fitr has created many kind of different traditions in every country, but they have the same goal to stay connected with family, relatives, neighbour, and friends. South East Asia countries especially, have the similar foods and ways to celebrate, like the ones we can find in Indonesia, Malaysia, Singapore, Brunei, etc. By doing this quick survey, I get to know some more new facts especially about Eid special foods.
( Idul Fitri melahirkan berbagai tradisi yang berbeda-beda di tiap negara namun dengan tujuan yang sama yaitu agar tetap terhubung dengan keluarga, sanak saudara, tetangga maupun rekan. Negara-negara Asia Tenggara terutama, punya tradisi dan makanan yang mirip satu sama lain, seperti yang bisa kita temui di Indonesia, Malaysia, Singapura, Brunei, dll. Melalui survey cepat yang saya lakukan, saya jadi mendapat banyak pengetahuan baru terutama tentang makanan)

Once again, I thank to you who participated in this quick survey, thanks for sharing some new things to us all.
(Sekali lagi terimakasih untuk yang sudah berpartisipasi dalam survey kali ini,  terima kasih sudah turut berbagi pengetahuan baru)

So, do you have special tradition or foods during Eid Al-Fitr? Please feel free to share it through comment box.
( Nah, apakah kalian punya makanan atau kebiasaan lain saat Idul Fitri? Share di kolom komentar ya )



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