Isra Mi’raj is a special celebration for Muslims, the day where Muslims in all over the world remember the journey of the Prophet Muhammad in getting revelations from God. In Indonesia, where the majority of the population is Moslem, several cities celebrate Isra Mi’raj with their unique traditions, including Central Java and Yogyakarta.
Kirab Carnival in Solo
The carnival participants attended by Moslem communities and Islamic boarding schools. They are walk through the city of Solo toward the city hall, chanting salawat while playing tambourine as the music instrument. Everyone are very enthusiastic to participate in this event, which was then continued by celebrating the Isra Mi’raj together.
Ambengan tradition in Magelang, Central Java
Ambengan in Magelang means having meal together. The community gathered to recite the Quran and continued with having meal together as a form of gratitude. Not just having food, the unique thing is that people eat rice along with the side dishes set on a banana leaf, and then enjoyed the meals together.
Rejeban Peksi Buraq in Yogyakarta
Unlike from other cities, Yogyakarta has its own way of commemorating Isra Mi’raj. The palace servants will make huge offering consist of fruits and also a pair of buraq birds made from orange peel as a symbol of the vehicle of the Prophet Muhammad. The gunungan is then driven from the palace to the Gede Kauman mosque, which will then be distributed to the attendees when the event is over.
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