In this holy month, five families open their doors to Indonesia Tatler and talk about celebrating the end of fasting. From visiting extended families to enjoying traditional menus, a happy Eid al-Fitr is all about harmony, reconciliation and togetherness in the family.

Forgiveness and Family

Eid al-Fitr with Ayu Rosan’s family is a grand yet very intimate affair. The most delicious spread of local cuisines is prepared for the whole family, and there is no shortage of good food and good vibes on this day.

All Together

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After morning Eid prayers, the Satars will change and prepare for visits—first to Sita’s mother and then on to the in-laws. “Eid al-Fitr means togetherness for our family because each of us tends to be busy and it’s quite hard to get together,” said Sita.

Celebrating Harmony and Solidarity

Photo: Irwan Kurnia/Indonesia Tatler

For HE Mourad Belhassen, Ambassador of Tunisia to Indonesia, the sacred celebration of Eid al-Fitr is all about giving back and getting together with the family. “It is a great time for reconciliation, harmony and solidarity,” says HE Belhassen.

One Family

Photo: Elfan Gumilang/Indonesia Tatler

“Lebaran here is really not much different than in Malaysia, which is a privilege for us.” Datin Seri Mahani adds: “One of the few differences is how Malaysians make ketupat using daun palas into triangles.”

The rest of the menu features familiar yet distinctly flavoured dishes such as rendang, lodeh, cakes and curries.

Family Matters

Photo: Heri B Heryanto/Indonesia Tatler

This year, HE Ahmed Amr Ahmed Moawad, Ambassador of the Arab Republic of Egypt to Indonesia, will be celebrating his first Eid al-Fitr in Indonesia. Whether it’s in Egypt or Indonesia, there is no shortage of joy and happiness as families come together.

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Tags: Lebaran, Eid Al-Fitr, Families