Last month, I wrote about the start of Ramadhan in Indonesia. Today, Ramadhan ends with a huge celebration called Idul Fitri (Eid al-Fitr in English spelling) or Hari Raya. Today, everyone stops the traditional practice of puasa, or fasting, and spend the holiday in festival, prayer, and feast. This is the biggest and most significant liburan, holiday, in Indonesia!
To clarify, the date in Indonesia is June 15. This post coincides with the celebration as it occurs in the U.S. and other western time zones.
I’d like to keep up with our Bahasa Indonesia vocabulary today with some related terms. Thank you, selamat Idul Fitri, and happy Eid to all people celebrating today.
Raya /ra·ya/ adj. Large, great.
Hari Raya : Great Day, one of the Indonesian titles for Idul Fitri.
jalan raya : highway or large road that connects many smaller streets
purnama raya : large, full moon
Mohon /mo·hon/ v. Please, or to ask with respect.
mohon diri : ask permission to leave
bermohon : to apply for or ask permission
memohon : to request with respect or beg
memeohonkan : the noun, ‘request’
pemohon : applicant
Maaf /ma·af/ n. Sorry, forgiveness, release from punishment (including fines, etc.), or expression of remorse for a mistake.
minta maaf : to ask forgiveness
permisi maaf : excuse me, (it’s acceptable to just say permisi)
maaf saya datang terlambat : sorry I came too late
mohon maaf lahir dan batin : please forgive my body and soul
This last sentence is a phrase commonly spoken on Idul Fitri, which in my understanding, underscores the spirit of the holiday. This a time to ask forgiveness, give forgiveness, and be together. Thanks again for reading and I hope you have a great day!