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Chinese New Year

Chinese New Year

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 their parents.

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.

The day usually fall on January / February of Gregorian calendar.

Chinese New Year is a time to show respect for those that have passed away and to reunite with family members. Departed relatives are remembered with great respect because they were responsible for laying the foundations for the family's fortune. Although customs may vary across the archipelago and even from family to family according to social position, many customs or versions of them are still observed by the ethnic Chinese community in Indonesia today.

Within the ethnic Chinese community there are immigrants from many regions throughout China. Distinctively different Chinese communities are found in Pontianak for example, when compared to Medan or even Jakarta. Each of these immigrant communities brought the unique traditions of their hometowns to Indonesia. This diversity in origins explains the diversity in the way Chinese New Year is celebrated by communities throughout the Indonesian archipelago.
 

Listed below is the other popular Indonesia Festivals & Events:
 

►Bali Arts Festival
►Bali Free Ride Nations Cup
►Bali International Jazz Festival
►Chinese New Year
►Dragon Boat Festival
►Galungan Festival
►Hari Raya Aidilfitri
►Independence Day Celebrations

►Jakarta Fair
►Java Jazz Festival
►Kasada
►Kerapan Sapi

►Krakatau Festival
►Kuta Karnival
►Lomban Festival
►Manado Beach Festival
►New Year Celebrations
►Nyepi
►Odalan Festival
►Ramayana Ballet
►Renggong Horse Contest
►Toba Lake Festival
►Traditional Boat Race
►Vesak Festival

 

 

   

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