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Indonesian New Year in Taiwan

Indonesian New Year in Taiwan

The number of Indonesian migrants is the largest among all the migrant workers in Taiwan, and Indonesia is the largest Muslim-majority nation in the world. For Muslim people, the Eid al-Fitr, is a feast celebrated after Ramadan, which is viewed as New Year in Islamic culture. Ramadan started on June 18 this year, as Muslims began fasting from sunrise, but allowed to eat after dusk. One Indonesian new immigrant said they learn to be grateful during Ramadan, because food is the greatest gift from Allah.

During Ramadan, the Taipei mosque is always filled with people. Muslims get together in mosques to have Iftar , the evening meal when Muslims end their daily Ramadan fast at sunset. Around 250 to 350 people gathered in the mosque during weekdays, and 450 to 500 on the weekends. Many Muslims volunteer in the mosque to prepare for the meal, and some of them own restaurants in Taipei.

On July 19, many Indonesian migrants dressed in their traditional costume and gathered at the lobby of Taipei Main Station, celebrating their New Year together, with an Indonesian band Relix playing the Indonesian pop music “Gebyar Gebyar”on the stage, making those Indonesians living in Taiwan to experience their traditional holiday overseas.

Muslims always have their family reunion on the the Eid al-Fitr, but for those who are living in Taiwan and couldn’t go back home on this meaningful day, the Taipei Main Station became the place where they get together and celebrate the festival with others.

Updated : 2021-09-19 06:56 GMT+08:00