Idul Adha at Pelabuhan Sunda Kelapa

This morning I was very fortunate to be able to witness the celebrations of Idul Adha (Festival of Sacrifice) at Pelabuhan Sunda Kelapa.   Idul Adha is an important religious holiday celebrated by Muslims worldwide to commemorate the willingness of Abraham (Ibrahim) to sacrifice his son Ishmael (Ismai’il) as an act of obedience to God, before God intervened to provide him with a ram to sacrifice instead. The meat is divided into three parts to be distributed to others. The family retains one third of the share, another third is given to relatives, friends and neighbors, and the other third is given to the poor & needy.

The harbour was the most picturesque setting for the morning prayers and every inch of ground for miles was filled with colour.  As always, everyone made me feel so welcome… another of many reasons why we love Jakarta!

The morning prayers begin

This little boy looks so sweet and innocent..

All the women pray together..

The ground was a sea of colourful mats..

What a colourful view..

What a stunning setting

The women end their prayers


Strawberry Indah!

Waiting for the boat to go home

All aboard!

Another new friend

The clean up begins..

More beautiful children on my way home...

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  1. pria tampan idaman kaum perempuan says:

    cool pics Tash….i heard you are to be a reporter now??wakakakkakakakakk

  2. James Clark says:

    Great report. I was in Kota Kinabalu on this day and I saw the colourful crowds making their way to the mosques.

    • Thanks so much James… yes, it was incredible to watch and I am never ceased to be amazed by all the people that vigorously follow their religion here… it must be a wonderful feeling to believe in something so strongly. It was truly an amazing place to be as the sun rose and the colourful mats were on display… another day to feel blessed being here.