Indonesia’s Banda Aceh city bans New Year's Eve celebrations citing Islamic law

Businesses will face serious consequences for contravening the rule

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New Year fireworks in Jakarta (Photo/flickr_San San)

New Year fireworks in Jakarta (Photo/flickr_San San)

TAIPEI (Taiwan News) – New Year’s Eve revelers are advised to stay away from Banda Aceh, the capital city of Indonesia’s Aceh province, as a ban on all NYE celebrations was recently issued by the city government.

Celebratory activities such as holding parties, setting off fireworks, and blowing horns are prohibited across the city in compliance with Islamic Sharia law, reported Coconuts Jakarta on Dec. 18 citing local media outlet Detik.

The ban applies to both residents and business premises including hotels, which will risk revocation of permits should violations be discovered.

Aceh, the only province in the Southeast Asian country that enforces Islamic law, has implemented a number of controversial policies over the years on religious grounds.

For example, it has forbidden the use of Wi-Fi at coffee shops so as to allow customers to focus on reading the Quran. There is also an order barring women’s access to cafes after 9 p.m. without the company of male guardians, Coconuts Jakarta wrote.