Over the next week, the whole island will be celebrating the end of Ramadan on 28 and 29 July. Idul Fitri, or Lebaran, is one of the most important times of the year in Indonesia… a time of celebration and reunions with families and friends.
The Indonesian government estimates that around 20 million people will be travelling across the archipelago over the next two weeks, returning home for the holidays. This will create a lot of congestion at airports and ports, but mostly on the roads, with an estimated 10 million people travelling by land! We hope that those who are making the journey for Lebaran reach home safely.
Green Valley is a housing community located just a few minutes south of Senggigi. Housing a mixture of westerners and local residents, the suburb is a popular choice for expats making their home in Lombok.
With its proximity to the centre of Senggigi and easy walking distance to the beach, the suburb is firmly established as a residential estate and, no doubt, will develop further over coming years.
An important tradition during Ramadan is the giving of Zakat or “alms” to the poor. Zakat involves the sharing of one’s wealth or possessions with those less fortunate than oneself.
Ramadan is seen as a time for kindness and charity and most of Lombok’s Muslims – even those with little to share – will find a way to donate either food or money to the poor in their community during this time.
The fasting month of Ramadan is due to end on Monday, 28 July this year and for those who are in Lombok at this time, it’s a great opportunity to join in the celebrations that take place at the end of a month of fasting.
The two days, 28 and 29 July, are especially happy occasions as the whole nation celebrates Idul Fitri, also known as Lebaran (or Eid al-Fitr). Similar in spirit to Christmas for westerners, Lebaran is the time for friends and family to get together and celebrate.
It’s no wonder people flock to Lombok for the diving! Indonesia has the highest level of marine biodiversity on the entire planet.
Forming a large part of the ‘Coral Triangle’ – otherwise known as the ‘Amazon of the Seas’ – the region contains over 500 reef-building coral species and supports over 3,000 fish species, as well as providing habitat for 6 of the world’s 7 marine turtles and the world’s largest fish – the whale shark.