Indonesia: much more than just a visit
to Jakarta and Bali
Indonesia is the world's largest tropical archipelago of more than 18,000
major islands are Java, Sumatra and Bali.
Java alone is
home to almost 50 percent of the total population of 238 million.
Indonesia is the fourth most populous country in the world, after China, India
and the USA.
With three time zones Indonesia could span the Atlantic Ocean
from Nova Scotia to the coast of Portugal or from Ireland to Greece.
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> January 1: Tahun Baru (New Year)
Maulud Nabi Muhammad SAW (birth of the Prophet Muhammad)
> Februari 10: Imlek (Chinese New Year)
> March 12: Nyepi (Hindu New Year -Bali is closed off during 24 uur)
> March 29: Jumat Agung (Good Friday) > March 31: Hari Paska (Easter)
> May 9: Kenaikan Isa Almasih
> May 25: Waisak (celebration of Lord Buddha's birth,
enlightenment and death -Waisak Festival at Borobudur)
> June 6: Isra M'raj Nabi Muhamad
SAW (Th Prophet's ascension) > July 9-10: 1 Ramadan (first day of the fasting month -not a
national holiday) > August 8-9: Idulfitri (end of the fasting month)
> August 17: Hari Kemerdekaan RI ke-68 (68th Independence
Day) > October 15: Idul Adha (Muslim celebration of Abraham's
> November 5: Tahun Baru Hijriyah 1435 (Muslim New Year 1435)
December 25: Natal (Christmas)
Caused in part by climate change and population pressure, natural disasers such
as floods, landslides, and droughts have become unfortunate facts of life in Indonesia.
With its location on
the Ring of Fire earthquakes, volcano eruptions and even tsunamis have caused
and continue to cause suffering.
Indonesia has more than a hundred active volcanoes. The ones that urge
caution include Anak Krakatau, Merapi, Semeru, and Bromo.
Even so, it is perfectly safe to travel Indonesia.
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