Indonesia officially the Republic of Indonesia is a country in Southeast Asia and Oceania. Indonesia is an archipelago comprising approximately 17,508 islands.
The nation’s capital city is Jakarta.
The country shares land borders with Papua New Guinea, East Timor, and Malaysia. Other neighboring countries include Singapore, Philippines, Australia, Palau, and the Indian territory of the Andaman and Nicobar Islands.
Christmas Celebrations in Indonesia :
Christmas in Indonesia is a popular festival and a national holiday, despite Christianity in Indonesia only accounting for 8% of the population. Christmas is celebrated in Indonesia with great fun and devotion. Despite being a Muslim country, Christmas is a popular festival in Indonesia Holiday calendar. Christmas is a public holiday in Indonesia and is celebrated by its people of different religions. Christmas is recognized as a national holiday in the country.
While Christians revere Jesus as the Son of God, Muslims believe Jesus was a prophet of God. Christmas is also popular among the animist and Hindu populations in Indonesia.
All the shopping malls and departmental stores are decorated. It is advisable to shop well in advance for Christmas in Indonesia as the markets only sells the gifts and accessories till the stock lasts with them. So plane your shopping list and budget well in advance for Christmas. Main city centers, shopping malls and markets are beautiful decorated throughout the country. Night Parties and Christmas celebrations are held in almost all the hotels in Bali and Jakarta. Christmas communities in Indonesia organize various parties and small gifts are distributed to children. Christmas in Indonesia is also celebrated in schools and colleges. Christmas celebrations are held in almost all the schools and colleges. Christmas carols are sung by children and gifts are presented to them by Santa.
In photo above you can see, Indonesian men in Santa Claus costumes ride bicycles during a Christmas celebration in Surabaya, East Java, Indonesia.
As Bali is the most popular tourist place in Indonesia, Christmas fun gets doubled with beach parties and celebrations. The hotels are nicely decorated with beautiful wreath and a merry Christmas tree. These hotels in Bali and other regions of Indonesia welcome there western tourists with tall decorated Christmas trees. Special functions are held on the eve of Christmas in the hotels and resorts. Tourists just love these Christmas celebrations in different parts of Indonesia.
In Indonesia people wish each other Merry Christmas saying Selamat Hari Natal
Christmas is celebrated in a grand style in Jakarta, the capital of and largest city of Indonesia. Apart from that notable Christmas celebrations also take place in other big cities of Indonesia like – Surabaya, Bandung, Bekasi, Medan, Tangerang, Depok, Semarang, Palembang, South Tangerang, Makassar, Batam, Bogor, Malang, Padang, Bandar Lampung, Denpasar, Samarinda, Pekanbaru, Tasikmalaya, Banjarmasin, Serang, Balikpapan, Cimahi, Pontianak, etc.
We wish all readers Merry Christmas 2016 & Prosperous New Year 2017 !!!