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 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.
> January 1: Tahun Baru (New Year)
February 3-4: Imlek (Chinese or Lunar New Year; the year of the
> February 15:
Maulud Nabi Muhammad (birthday of the Prophet Muhammad)
> March 5: Nyepi (Hindu New Year)
> April 22: Jumat Agung (Good Friday) > April 24: Paska (Easter)
> May 17: Waisak (celebration of Buddha's
birth, enlightenment and
Waisak Festival at Borobudur)
> Jun 2: Kenaikan Isa Almasih
> Jun 29: Isra M'raj Nabi Muhamad
SAW (Ascension of the Prophet Muhammad) > July 6-16: Galungan (most important celebration for Balinese
Hindus -not a national holiday) > August 1: 1 Ramadan (First day
of the Muslim fasting month -not a holiday) > August 17: Hari Kemerdekaan RI ke-66 (66th Independence Day) > August 30-31: Idulfitri (End of
> November 6-7: Idul Adha (Muslim
Holiday to celebrate Abraham's sacrifice)
> November 27-28: Tahun Baru Hijriyah (Muslim New Year 1433)
> December 25: Natal (Christmas)
Caused in part by climate change and population pressure, natural disasers such
as floods, landslides, and droughts have become facts of life in Indonesia.
With its location in
the Ring of Fire earthquakes, volcano eruptions and even tsunamis have caused
and continue to cause suffering.
Indonesia has more than a hundred active volcanos. The ones that urge
caution include Anak Krakatau, Merapi, Semeru, and Bromo.
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