Enjoy Jakarta at its Best

Finally, the time has come for us to enjoy what many say is JAKARTA at its best — quiet and traffic-free as you can see from the picture above captured on the first morning of Idulfitri, August 31, 2011 by Josua Alessandro (http://www.josuaalessandro.com)

Jakartans who remain in the capital city during this time have been enjoying a deserted and traffic-free city. A few days before and after Idul Fitri, the bussines activities slow down. And Jakarta becomes a very beautiful, enjoyable, quiet and peaceful city.

Like most of the streets in the city, the street in one of the Center Business District areas which usually bustle with thousands of motorcycles, cars and public buses emitting black smoke, suddenly  become quiet and the air is blissfully more fresh.

picture by Josua Alesssandro http://www.josuaalessandro.com

Where have all those people gone?

The Jakarta Transportation Agency said that more than 7 million Jakarta residents have left the city to celebrate Idul Fitri in their home towns with relatives and friends.

Yes, millions of  Jakartans that everyday flood every corner of the metropolitan joined the annual mass exodus, which is called ‘mudik’, meaning ‘going home’.

Actually, ‘mudik’ is an exhausting journey, since the roads, bus terminals, train stations, seaports and airports are overloaded by the travelers. Many of them have to use poorly served public transportation yet the exodus is kept running because it is a tradition!

Idul Fitri, more commonly referred as Lebaran is the biggest Muslim celebration in Indonesia.  The celebration begins with prayer where  Moslems gathered in the morning for Idul Fitri or Eid al-Fitr prayer or  Sholat Ied

pictures by Josua Alessandro http://www.josuaalesandro.com

Idulfitri marks the end of the fasting month of Ramadhan, so FOOD plays an important role, perhaps even more so than with other celebrations.

I just cannot let this special day passing by without enjoying the food that normally served in (almost) every Indonesian home where Idul Fitri is celebrated.

Among the classic Lebaran dishes, perhaps the most famous is KETUPAT . Celebrating Eid is incomplete without serving ketupat. It is a compressed rice dish cooked in diamond-shaped parcels made from coconut fronds.

picture from http://www.my.opera.com

The diamond shaped rice cake is cut in bite sizes, doused with chicken opor, beef curry, rending, or any signature Idul Fitri meals topped with shrimp crackers. Ketupat is Indonesia’s way of having a festive dish after a month of fasting.

picture from http://www.genta-rasa.com

Even some hotels take this opportunity to offer a special package for those who visit Jakarta and a mouthwatering “Ketupat Lebaran” Lunch Buffet is served as well on Idul Fitri Day.

and special desserts so you can taste the sweet atmosphere of Idulfitri Day…..

Happy Eid Mubarak to all bloggers and friends who celebrate Eid al Fitr 1432 H

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