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Jakarta Post

‘Ketupat’ by the beach

Wed, June 19, 2019   /   07:00 pm
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    Balinese-style: A woman holds a basket of tipat (rice wrapped in palm leaves) and cylinder-shaped sticky rice known as bantal. Tipat and bantal, which symbolize feminine and masculine energies, often feature in traditional Balinese ceremonies. JP/ Zul Trio Anggono

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    Succulent: The main dish of Lebaran Ketupat is diced ketupat served with opor ayam (chicken in coconut broth). JP/ Zul Trio Anggono

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    Recharged: A boy enjoys a serving of ketupat after playing at the beach. JP/ Zul Trio Anggono

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    Eat and play: Asni feeds her toddlers while they play on Sindu Beach in Sanur, Denpasar. JP/ Zul Trio Anggono

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    Harmonious: Balinese Hindu adherents clad in white walk by Muslims celebrating tradition on Sanur Beach in Bali. JP/ Zul Trio Anggono

Zul Trio Anggono

Scores of Muslim families descended onto Sindu Beach in Denpasar, Bali, on June 12 with swimsuits and ketupat (rice wrapped in palm leaves) in their bags.

“We have carried out this tradition for quite a long time. Ten days after Lebaran, we gather by the beach,” Mika said.

In the tradition known as Lebaran Ketupat, Muslim adherents visit a beach and savor ketupat together with their families. They come from Muslim kampungs from across the southern side of the Hindu-majority island.

Lebaran Ketupat gives Muslim communities in Bali an opportunity to strengthen the bonds within their families.

The main dish for the event is the Balinese tipat bantal. Tipat means squareshaped ketupat, while bantal is sticky rice wrapped in banana leaves. Side dishes include pecel (vegetable salad) and rujak (fruit salad), both served with peanut sauce.