Lebaran Holiday 2024: What is it?

April 18, 2023

Lebaran Holiday, also known as Eid al-Fitr, holds great anticipation for Muslims around the world, particularly in Indonesia, where Islam is the predominant religion. It is a time when people eagerly await this joyous occasion to take time off from work and school and come together with their loved ones to celebrate.

Another important aspect of the Lebaran Holiday is the tradition of “mudik” or returning to one’s hometown. Many people in Indonesia travel back to their hometowns to be reunited with their families and celebrate the holiday together. This leads to a significant increase in travel activities, with people taking buses, trains, or planes to reach their destinations. So, what is the Lebaran Holiday?


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When is the 2024 Lebaran Holiday?

Lebaran Holiday or Eid al-Fitr is a religious celebration that arrives after the month of Ramadan or the fasting month. Commemorated every 1st of Shawwal (Hijri calendar). In Arabic, Eid al-Fitr means “to become holy again”.

This Lebaran holiday celebration can change every year because Muslims themselves use the Hijri calendar which is based on the moon cycles. This month’s calculation ends with an official announcement from the Ministry of Religion on the eve of Ramadan so that people know when to start and end the fasting month.

In 2024, Eid is anticipated to occur on April 10. This date is based on a 30-day calculation from the start of fasting, which begins on March 11 in 2024. The Indonesian government usually designates public holidays or “joint leave” during the Lebaran festival starting from April 8,9,11,12,13,14, and 15 2024

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How Are You Enjoying Ramadan?

To understand the meaning of Eid al-Fitr, an understanding of Ramadan fasting is important. During the month of Ramadan, Muslims are required to observe fasting, which is to refrain from eating, drinking, smoking, sexual intercourse during the day.

Muslims who fast are also expected to give up bad habits and instead, are encouraged to do more good habits. Fasting is one of the five pillars of Islam.

Fasting begins at imsak or when the dawn call to prayer (before sunrise) echoes until it ends at maghrib prayer (at sunset) as the time to break the fast. In Indonesia, the calculation is approximately 13 hours.

It is interesting to note that the time of sahur is often associated with a group of boys who walk around while playing the drums and anything else that can make sound, in order to wake up those who are having their sahur meal. These activities will be normal during the month of Ramadan.

While at the time of breaking the fast, the term “bukber” will increase again. This moment will be a place to gather and break the fast with family, friends and friends. Not infrequently this moment is even a reunion of school friends.

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Interesting Lebaran Moments

At the moment of Eid, Muslims go home and visit family and friends to celebrate together as well as being a turning point for one another. Where they apologize for all the mistakes over the past year. The phrase “Minal Aidzin wal Faidzin” or “Sorry to be born and inner heart” will often be spoken and heard.

Eid will begin with congregational prayers in the morning. If prayers are generally performed in the mosque, at this moment the prayers are also performed in an open field. Hundreds of Muslims flock to the place of worship with feelings of triumph and joy.

The men wear sarongs, koko shirts or some use robes with caps on their heads, while the women wear mukenas with matching colors and are elegant. While the children are happy by wearing clothes agreed by their parents.

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Lebaran Traditions

Eid al-Fitr or Lebaran marks the end of the fasting month of Ramadan and is a time of joy, gratitude, and celebration among Indonesian Muslims. It is a time for families and communities to come together to celebrate and strengthen their bonds. Here are some common traditions associated with Lebaran in Indonesia:

1. Mudik

Mudik or ‘Mulih Disik’ is a mass exodus in which millions of people travel long distances to celebrate holidays with their families and loved ones. This Mudik moment is very close to the Lebaran holiday.

2. Hampers

Hampers for Eid are gift baskets or packages containing various items which are given as souvenirs during the Eid al-Fitr or Lebaran holidays in Indonesia. Usually, these hampers contain food, drinks and knick-knacks related to Eid al-Fitr.

3. Ketupat

Ketupat Lebaran or also known as lontong is a traditional food that is usually consumed during Eid al-Fitr in Indonesia, Malaysia and other neighbouring countries.

4. THR

One of the interesting Eid traditions is THR (Tunjangan Hari Raya), which is a mandatory bonus payment given to employees ahead of the Eid al-Fitr holiday. It can also be allocated to posterity who receive it from parents and relatives.

5. Takbiran

Takbiran, is one of the Islamic traditions performed on Eid al-Fitr in Indonesia and other Muslim countries. Involves reading takbir, which is an expression that states the greatness of God.

6. Homecoming

Lebaran is a special occasion where people gather with their extended family and close ones, similar to other major celebrations. It’s customary during this time to return to your hometown or village, a journey known as Mudik or Pulang Kampung. The main reason for this tradition is to visit family, particularly parents. Additionally, it’s a chance to catch up with extended family members. This period offers a wonderful opportunity to reconnect with relatives who live far apart.

7. Big Feasts

Lebaran meals are famous for their abundance and variety. Families gather around large trays filled with different dishes to enjoy together. The type of food served can vary across Indonesia, but common favorites are beef rendang, chicken curry, and ketupat during Lebaran.

jakarta mudik on lebaran

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Are You Excited About The Lebaran Holiday 2024?

In Conclusion, the Lebaran holiday is very important in Indonesia. People get together with family and friends to celebrate Hari Raya Idul Fitri and enjoy free time together. If you are planning to celebrate the Lebaran holidays in Bali, come to Ubud and stay for at least one night. Ubud is known for its rich culture and arts as well as a serene and beautiful rural setting.

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