Today marks the end of the fasting month of Ramadhan and the beginning of the two-day celebration of Idul Fitri. I would like to take this opportunity to express to all my Muslim friends across the archipelago… SELEMAT HARI RAYA IDUL FITRI MOHON, MAAF, LAHIR DAN BATIN

Idul Fitri

Easily one of Spain’s most visited tourist attractions, the Alhambra is the pride of the city of Granada. This hilltop fortified palace was once the residence of royalty, and is now one of the country’s most famous examples of Moorish architecture and design. Built during the early-to-mid 1300s, the Alhambra […]

Visiting the Alhambra in Granada

When I wrote ‘dining etiquette’ I wasn’t referring to fancy restaurants but more like when you are eating in general with the locals of whatever island you are travelling in and using your hands. Of course in the popular tourist islands of Bali and Lombok people usually eat with knives […]

Dining Etiquette

Bearing gifts, a group of Tobaku and Sarudu traditional leaders approached the house of Datu Wajar Lamarauna, son and heir of the late king, Adam Ardjad Lamarauna. As per custom, the gifts included betel nut, a sack of rice, 14 eggs, four black and white chickens and a white cow.

Paying Homage to the King of Banawa: Sulawesi

Today is officially Idul Fitri in Indonesia. This feasting celebration occurs at the end of the fasting month of Ramadhan for those of the Islamic faith. Muhammadiyah began their Idul Fitri yesterday, however, the government of Indonesia and Nahdlatul Ulama recognise today and tomorrow as the celebratory days for Idul […]

Idul Fitri in Indonesia

Benjang is a traditional game that is believed to have been developed in the Islamic boarding schools of Ujungberung, Cobolerang and Cinunuk districts in Bandung regency. Benjang players usually pray to have fun and for fair play before a game. The instruments used in benjang include the terbang gendang (a […]

Benjang Traditional Game: Bandung, West Java

Topat, more popular called as Ketupat, and Lebaran the meaning is celebration. Lebaran Topat, one of many famous traditional in Lombok. This tradition not only in Lombok, in other place of Indonesia, Java, Betawi, Bugis and others, have some tradition with different name. Lebaran Topat usually held at 7th Syawal […]

Lebaran Topat: Lombok, West Nusa Tenggara

Gambus is the Indonesian word for a stringed instrument that belongs to the lute family, has six strings and is shaped like half a pear, but it can also be used to denote a style of music that is strongly influenced by Arabic culture. The lyrics of gambus music, which […]

Javanese Gambus Music