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									In our country the famous celebration is 17th August. That’s
our country independence day. All people schools, offices,
villages which spread around Indonesia must celebrate that
day. In schools and offices we celebrate it by holding a flag
ceremony and some ceremony as praying for our heroes and
sing some national song which is used to give “spirit” to the
heroes in the old ages. President and all his staff have this
celebration is his Palace (Istana Negara). In school and
villages, usually we have some “traditional” competitions.
This competition can be varied and very
unique. It is sometimes related with the
culture of certain tribe in Indonesia. Example
for this competition is “Bakiak Race”, “palm-
tree climber” and many more. Every
competition is very interesting. But the most
interesting for us is “ The palm-tree
climbing”. There are many men should co-
operate one another to achieve the top. Many
times they had to go down and own because
of the oil .
This celebration is related
to our culture as well as to
the political view. Since
this background history is
freedom of our country
from colonialism. ( Our
country had been occupied
by the Dutch for 350 years
and Japan for 3,5 years).      Sarong Race as one of the
So this celebration is still   Competition on August 17
very famous and really
respected by all people in
our country.
Their famous most highly recognized
celebrations are Christmas Day and
Independence Day/July 4th. These 2 holidays
are different, but the spirit of the country is
the same when these 2 holidays come
around. Christmas is religious holiday but it
is celebrated by almost every one regardless
of their religion. People give gifts to loved
ones and friends on this day and you wrap
them is pretty wrapping paper with ribbons
and bows. You buy a Christmas tree and the
presents are put under the tree and families
with children usually bring out the presents
when the children are sleeping the night before on Christmas
breakfast and Christmas stories and dinner later that night with
the rest of the family. Every one has the Christmas spirit of gift
giving and being kind and grateful for family and friends.
On July 4th, which day they received
their Independence from England in
1776, there are celebrations everywhere
with parties and fireworks. Fireworks
are loud and sparkle up in the sky. On
this day everyone is at beach or park
and families have barbecues and picnics
and spend the day having lots of fun
relaxing in the sun. July in New York
City is usually very hot, so people like to
go to pools and the beach to play in the
ocean or water parks. The them of this
holiday is the American Flag and the
colors, Red White, and Blue.
The famous celebration in their
country is Hari Raya Aidilfitri.
Hari Raya begins in the heart of
Muslims three to four months
before the auspicious day itself.
The countdown begins with the
onset of the fasting month,
bulan Ramadhan.
Hari Raya is the time for keeping in touch because people are
too busy to visit one another at other times of the year.
Visiting elders and relatives is a must. Hari Raya is a joyous
time, not only for Muslims but also for non-Muslims because
this is the time for them to strengthen ties with their Muslim
friends. The fast starts at the moment when it is possible to
distinguish between a white thread and a black thread held
against the rising sun. It ends at sunset when the last rays of
the sun disappears.
A spirit of merriment prevails at the breaking of
fast which usually begins with sweets and
cooling drinks. These can be bought at roadside
stalls which mushroom all over the place.
Working parents usually stop by these stalls on
their way home from work. The fasting month is
as much a part of the Hari Raya as the day itself.
In the last one or two weeks before the Hari
Raya, there is a flurry of activities in the Muslim
homes. The women are on their feet most of
their free time baking an assortment of cakes
and cookies. The men do their part in painting
the house and clearing the garden to prepare
for the day. This is also the time when they go
to the tailors for the baju kurung and baju
The adults usually get very tired preparing for
the Hari Raya but children love this busy
atmosphere. Everything looks new, from the
food to the carpet. These would be curry,
rendang and ketupat for visitors who come on
the morning of the first day. By afternoon,
these delicacies have disappeared but there
are plenty of cakes and other savory foods to
last a whole month. Besides this, sometimes,
they also will held a opening-house( rumah
terbuka) to invite friends and family to visit
each other. It makes the celebration so unique
and special to our country.
The celebration is meaningful because it can
build up a harmonious and tolerance
community among the different races in
In order to "catch up" with the solar calendar the
Chinese insert an extra month once every few years
(seven years out of a 19-yearcycle). This is the same
as adding an extra day on leap year. This is why,
according to the solar calendar, the Chinese New
Year falls on a different date each year.
Prior to New Year's Day, Chinese families decorate
their living rooms with vases of pretty blossoms,
platters of oranges and tangerines and a candy tray
with eight varieties of dried sweet fruit. On walls
and doors are poetic couplets, happy wishes written
on red paper. These messages sound better than the
typical fortune cookie messages.
During the lunar New Year's Eve,
family members who are no longer
living at home make a special effort to
return home for reunion and share in
a sumptuous meal. At that time,
family members hand out "lucky
money" in red envelopes to elders and
children and stay up all night to
welcome the New Year. Chinese
people have long believed that staying
awake all night on New Year's Eve
would help their parents to live a
longer life. Thus, lights are kept on
the entire night--not just to drive
away Nien, as in ancient times, but
also as an excuse to make the most of
the family get-together.
Some families even hold religious ceremonies after
midnight to welcome the God of the New Year into their
homes, a ritual that is often concluded with a huge
barrage of firecrackers. Although this, in Malaysia
people are not allowed to light the firecrackers and
fireworks because it is violate the laws.
On New Year’s Day, everyone had on new clothes, and
would put on his best behavior. It was considered
improper to tell a lie, raise one’s voice, use indecent
language, or break anything on the first day of the year.

Starting from the second day,
people began going out to visit
friends and relatives, taking with
them gifts and Lai-See for the
children. Visitors would be
greeted with traditional New Year
delicacies, such as melon seeds,
flowers, fruits, tray of
togetherness, and NIANGAO, New
Year cakes.
It goes back to the colony, on the eve of lent,
when people in Santo Domingo disguised
themselves to imitate the European
Shrovetide. Originally of European origin, the
custom of carnival was a religious celebration
on the date of Corpus Christi. However it
eventually evolved into a pagan celebration
usually celebrated the last Sunday of February
or on the 27th of February, Dominican
Independence Day. Original mask, costumes,
floats and masqueraded dance groups from
different regions of the country come together
to celebrate.
In some towns the masqueraded dance groups
parade the streets each Sunday of February
while in other towns carnival traditions differ
completely as to format and dates. For
example in Santiago costumes represent the
diablos cojuelos ( devils ) with galactic design:
in Cotui costumes are platnuses and
papeluses; in Monte Cristi it is torros ( bulls )
and Cabral is famous for its cachuas y civiles.
The most popular of all is in La Vega where
thousands of people go every Sunday of
The Bonao carnival on the same date is also
popular. No matter from which region or which
form it takes, Dominican carnival is always a
grand collage of color, music, frenetic, and
exciting dances, different masks impressively
decorated, a fusion of culture and religion and
the inner joy of the Dominican. The community
gets involved. Most of the people take this day

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