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
Java alone is
home to almost 50 percent of the total population of 245 million.
Indonesia is the fourth most populous country in the world, after
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
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January 1: Tahun Baru (New
Maulud Nabi Muhammad SAW (birth
of the Prophet Muhammad)
10: Imlek (Chinese New Year)
31: Nyepi (Hindu New Year -Bali is closed off
during 24 uur)
18: Jumat Agung (Good Friday) > April 20: Hari
Paska (Easter) >
1: Hari Buruh
Internasional (International Labor Day) > May 13: Waisak
(celebration of Lord Buddha's birth, enlightenment and death -Waisak
Festival at Borobudur, Magelang, Central Java) >
May 27: Isra M'raj Nabi
Muhamad SAW (The Prophet's Ascension) >
May 29: Kenaikan
Isa Almasih (Ascension) >
June 29: 1 Ramadan
(first day of the fasting month -not a national holiday) > July 28-29: Idulfitri
(end of the fasting month)
August 17: Hari Kemerdekaan RI ke-68 (68th
Independence Day) >
October 5: Idul Adha (Muslim celebration of
Abraham's sacrifice) >
25: 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
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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