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New Years in Indonesia – Traditions – Places

by Felicia

New Year is an occasion that is always celebrated merrily in all over the world. The New Year celebration in Indonesia is also always lively and attracts tourists from all over the world to enjoy the celebration that may not be found in the other country. Every year, thousands tourists come to witness the unique traditions of New Year celebration in different places in Indonesia. Every place in Indonesia has its own way to celebrate this celebration.

We will explain in details how Indonesian people celebrate New Year’s Eve with their own tradition according to their place. There are some attractions that also will attract tourist from all over the world to come. If you want to know all information about New Years in Indonesia and how Indonesian people celebrate New Year’s Eve in large cities in Indonesia, we will give you the details below.

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1. Jakarta

We all know that Jakarta is the capital city of Indonesia and is the most crowded city in Indonesia. When New Year is coming, some locations in Jakarta become livelier and lots of young people come to celebrate New Year’s Eve there. The most iconic place is Bundaran HI.

Especially in New Year’s Eve, Thamrin-Sudirman Street is changed for the car free location.

Then, thousands of people will walk and spend their time together in this area.

Usually, the government will prepare an entertainment stage around this area, and when the New Year’s countdown begins the fireworks attraction start to set in the air.

The other place in Jakarta that usually be a favorite for locals is Taman Impian Jaya Ancol. It is a beach located in north Jakarta. The celebration may be felt since the afternoon. It is started with a costume and cultural parade from the east coast until Lagoon Beach.

When the night comes, some musician, band and also dangdut singer will perform in a stage in Pantai Carnival. And at 00.00 o’clock people will enjoy the beautiful fireworks attraction that are fired from the sea. The celebration will still go on until morning and people are still crowded because they want to celebrate the new beginning of a year merrily.

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2. Bali

Bali is already known by tourists from all over the world as a place for spending New Year holiday. There are some locations in Bali that attracts tourist in New Year’s Eve.

People usually want to see the fireworks attraction,therefore they may visit beaches in Bali like Kuta, Seminyak, or Jimbaran.

Those beaches are the best place in Bali for enjoying fireworks attraction during New Year celebration.

People will start to gather in these locations since the afternoon. Because a lot of people will come, some of them will come earlier thus they will not experience the terrible traffic in those favorite areas.

Locals and foreigner have to wait until midnight for the fireworks show, but all of the waiting is paid off with the beautiful and magnificent fireworks that are fired from the sea.

Besides the outdoor activity as mentioned before, there are some activities that will be performed indoor in Bali for celebrating New Years in Indonesia. Some hotels in Nusa Dua, Sanur, and Ubud will hold some events during New Year’s Eve. The events consist of music performance, live DJs, stand up comedy shows and much more. Even sometimes, some Indonesian artist will hold a special performance and gala dinner event in these areas.

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3. Yogyakarta

Yogyakarta is the best city in Indonesia to celebrate New Year’s Eve in a traditional way.

Yogyakarta is already known as a cultural city with a lot of beauty. People may still feel the old time that still exist in the entire city.

When the New Year is coming, thousands people will gather to watch the fireworks attractions in Alun-Alun Utara Keraton Yogyakarta.

Meanwhile, This place is located near Keraton Yogyakarta, a royal palace that still exists in modern area until now.

Then, if we walk straight from this location, we may arrive at the most famous street in Yogyakarta, Malioboro Street.

Malioboro is the heart of Yogyakarta’s New Year celebrations. We may watch Indonesian traditional wayang kulit (shadow puppet) shows and can visit the front area of Yogyakarta Legislative Council (DPRD) office as it will be the venue of Pagelaran Wayang Kulit Spekta all night long. The show will still go on until late night and people will be more crowded in the night.

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4. Bandung

Bandung is a cool city with a various culinary tour and a shopping destination in Indonesia. That is why Bandung is also a destination for us to spend the New Year’s Eve.

Lembang and Dago are the most favorite places to be visited at New Year’s Eve.

During the afternoon, people like to visit the some natural tourism spot, go shopping, and do culinary tour. And in the night, around Dago there will be a car free night that makes Dago very comfortable for people to walk at night.

The next location that must be visited in Bandung is Bukit Bintang. This is a hill that has great scenery at night. During the New Year celebration, people will experience a fireworks attraction with beautiful scenery at night.
And the last place that also will be crowded during New Year’s Eve is Lapangan Tegalega.

Moreover, this location will never be quiet during New Year’s Eve. It offers a lot of culinary tour, entertainment, night market, fireworks shows, and many more. People will enjoy the offered entertainment until the next morning and a joyous atmosphere may be felt in the air.

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5. Makassar

Makassar is one of the most important cities in eastern Indonesia. Therefore, Makassar is in the spotlight during the celebration of New Year. The people of Makassar always make Losari Beach as the center of the celebration of lively New Year’s Eve.

The beach that became the icon of Makassar tourism is always presents a festive event to welcome the turn of the year.

In this beach, people love to spend New Year’s Eve because they can enjoy the exotic scenery of the beach.

On the other hand, not to forget, the festive fireworks are also always held on this beach.

The prove that people love this area is that hotels around Losari Beach will be fully booked during New Year holiday. And to overcome it, they will book it months before the holiday season for a cheaper price. The other thing that people do not want to miss when visiting Makassar is the culinary tour. There are a various food from all over Indonesia in this city. And during holiday, some night markets are also may be found in some areas in this city. Night markets are the favorite spot for locals to spend their New Year’s Eve.

6. Gili Trawangan, Lombok

Gili Trawangan is of the best options for people to try celebrate New Year’s Eve in a unique way. It is located in North Lombok, West Nusa Tenggara (NTB).

Gili Trawangan is one of the small islands around Lombok and often called as “Party Islands” by tourists.

Beautiful beaches, white sand, clear water, and fresh air are the powerful attraction for tourists to visit Gili Trawangan. No exception on the New Year’s Eve. Gili Trawangan is fascinating as if turned into a party spot that offers a variety of excitement.

Not only visited by local tourists, foreign tourists also come to Gili Trawangan to celebrate the festive of New Year’s Eve. This excitement cannot be separated from the various party events organized by nightclubs in Gili Trawangan.

If we come to the west of Gili Trawangan Island, we may able to celebrate the festive of New Year’s Eve. The tourists will also be greeted with a variety of interesting entertainment such as spectacular musical performances, dancing party, fire dance performances or stunning fire dance, and also a lively fireworks show.

After the New Year’s Eve celebration Gili Trawangan has other special spots that people usually visit to remove the fatigue from all the lively celebration of New Year’s Eve. They often go to the east side of Gili Trawangan to watch the beautiful sunrise. In addition, there are some virgin beaches that are not yet known to many tourists. We may feel a quiet and calm atmosphere with the white sand beach as the main attraction of the island.

New Year celebration is always celebrated with festive in various regions in Indonesia. Every year various places in Indonesia hold a special event as if presenting their local tradition. We hope after reading this article, you will understand more about New Years in Indonesia and how people in some cities in Indonesia celebrate their  New Year’s Eve.

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