Most Chinese festivals,
whether based on seasons, myths about gods or ghosts, or a
combination of these, stem from a belief in worshipping the
gods to appease them and prevent misfortune. The biggest
celebration is the beginning of the Chinese New Year.
Chinese New Year's
celebrations in Indonesia, known locally as Imlek, incorporate
customs, beliefs and practices brought to Indonesia by Chinese
immigrants who still follow the practices handed down from
Although Chinese New Year was not a national holiday on the
Indonesian calendar for many years, beginning in 2002, Chinese
New Year became a national holiday, to the pleasure of
millions of Chinese Indonesians. The day of Chinese New Year
does not follow a fixed date in the Gregorian calendar, it is
based on Chinese Lunar calendar.