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Hindus hit the road with Muslims in Lombok to celebrate Idul Fitri

  • Panca Nugraha

    The Jakarta Post

Mataram   /   Fri, June 7, 2019   /   12:26 pm
Hindus hit the road with Muslims in Lombok to celebrate Idul Fitri Hindus walk along with Muslims during the eve of Idul Fitri on June 4 in Narmada village, Narmada district, in West Lombok, West Nusa Tenggara. (Courtesy of Lombok Barat Administration/-)

For the first time ever in West Lombok, West Nusa Tenggara (NTB), local Hindus took part in celebrating Idul Fitri, taking to the streets with thousands of Muslims from Narmada subdistrict on Tuesday evening for takbiran (recitation of “Allah is great” on the eve of Idul Fitri).

Wearing traditional Balinese clothing and playing Balinese music, Hindu residents joined the takbiran parade around the city, waving their decorative flags and umbrellas.

They come from a Hindu-majority hamlet called Gandari in Narmada village.

“This is an amazing experience because we can celebrate takbiran together. This is the first time Gandari hamlet has joined the parade. So, everyone – children, teenagers and even mothers – participated in the parade,” said I Ketut Suweca, a youth figure from Gandari.

Suweca said their initiative was warmly welcomed by the takbiran committee, who even gave them a place at the front of the parade.

“When we arrived, they welcomed us really well, and they even put us in the second row,” he added.

Suweca said the idea was to promote tolerance between religious groups, hoping it could serve as an example for other hamlets to create peace in harmony.

In addition, residents and religious leaders of the area took part in the event to realize their dreams of turning Narmada village into a tourist destination that is known for its tolerance.