Ramadan in Bali
How is Ramadhan in bali?
Ramadan - the holy month of fasting for Muslims around the world will begin on July 06, 2016.
When is Ramadan in 2016 - Ramadan is a special time for Muslims across the world. Falling in the tenth month of Shawwal, the Islamic calendar, it was at this time of the year when the Angel Gibril revealed to the Prophet Mohammed Allah’s will and so were written the very first verses of the Holy Qur'an. The month of Ramadan is spent fasting from dawn to dusk everyday - it is a time to introspect, reflect and reinforce the bond between the Almighty and the faithful.
Ramadan culminates in the festival of Eid-ul-Fitr - when the period of restraint ends in an extravagant explosion of joie de vivre, festivities and feasting. The devout gather together to offer Eid prayers and greet each other in a rejuvenated spirit of camaraderie. Eid is a day of thanksgiving, of peace, of remembrance, of charity and of forgiveness, celebrated amidst great jubilation once the delicate silver sliver of the crescent moon has been sighted. The festival of Eid-ul-Fitr forges fraternal and communal love, self-discipline and commitment to Allah.
How is Ramadhan in Bali ?
Bali is a predominantly Hindu island, so Ramadan here is not as pronounced as in other major cities, like Jakarta. The only impact felt is that most street vendors and budget and local Muslim-run restaurants cease to operate during the day, so the effect for international visitors is minimal.
Your Bali hotel, resort or favourite restaurant will oftentimes feature special ‘Ramadan packages’ or special menus highlighting favourite ‘halal’ Indonesian cuisine as part of their promotions to tie-in with the daily ‘iftar’ or after sunset fasting breaks throughout the month. If you favour local cuisine, expect some of your favourite ‘warung’ (local food stalls) to open a little later than usual. During the Idul Fitri holiday week, you can expect less traffic in Bali, since most of the non-Balinese urban population flees the island (a collective act locally referred to as mudik) to gather with their families at home in other parts of Indonesia. For visitors to Bali, this translates as much faster transfers between points of interests, than usual. Therefore, you can plan your stays or travels, between Kuta and Ubud much, for example, much easier!
Around the end of the Idul Fitri holidays, however, traffic conditions will spike again due to the arus balik or 'return trips' back to Bali. Streets and the major ferry port of Gilimanuk in West Bali will be at is most hectic. Most transportation will also be fully booked for the several days, as life and businesses steadily go back to normal. The nightlife scene in Bali also goes on largely unaffected. In Jakarta and other major Indonesian cities, you won’t find any alcohol on the menu during Ramadan. Conversely, in Bali, your favourite bar, beach club or venue will always be serving their world-class mixologist-designed cocktails and ice-cold Bintangs.
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