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Celebrating Idul Fitri in salt capital Sumenep

  • Putra Satria Sambijantoro and Fikri Zaki Muhammadi

    The Jakarta Post

  /   Sun, August 26 2012   /  12:36 pm

The residents of Sumenep regency, on the eastern tip of Madura Island, East Java, never have the slightest concern over salt scarcities during the Idul Fitri celebration, where the festivities are flush with traditional dishes.

Unlike in other cities in East Java, the residents of Sumenep celebrate the Islamic holiday for seven days, forcing many to prepare a lot of food for families and guests during the period.

And the pride of the residents is not in the tasty food they prepare, but the salt that they produce.

The majority of residents work as salt farmers, which confirms the regency as the country’s largest salt producer.

Kalianget district, the regency’s production center, is located in the southern part of Sumenep, around 10 kilometers from the city center.

The district is usually called “the Salt City” for the quality of its high iod...