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Jakarta Post

Christmas celebrations, the Indonesian way

  • ID Nugroho and Anissa S. Febrina

    The Jakarta Post

Jakarta   /   Wed, December 30 2009   /  11:01 am

Celebrating Mother Earth: Young people from Ngandong hamlet, Argosoka, Dukun, Magelan perform a play titled Bumiku Ibuku or My Earth, My Mother, at the foot of Mount Merapi, to celebrate Christmas 2009 with an environmental message. JP/SuherdjokoFor any religious or cultural celebration turned universal, there’s sure to be a streak of local hue.While most Christians tend to commemorate the birth of Jesus on Dec. 25, they celebrate Christmas in more diverse ways than we can imagine.Santa no longer only sports a vivid red attire, spreading joy along with us humming “Jingle Bells” in English, and Christmas dinner means a different menu at tables across the country.If you’re bored with the Western-style Santa, try finding a local one in Central Java’s Magelang. One that knocks on doors and speaks in polite Javanese. One that has forgone his white-trimmed costume and fake white bea...