Indonesia – Chinese Lunar New Year (Imlek) Celebrations

Chinese New Year or the Lunar New Year is just not celebrated in China, but is also celebrated in other parts of the world.

In 2018, Chinese New Year will be celebrated on Friday, February 16, 2018.

Chinese New Year in Indonesia

Indonesia is one of those countries which celebrates Chinese New Year is a grand manner. The nation is home to a large Indonesians-Chinese community. At least 1.20 percent of the country’s population i.e., around 2.8 million people in Indonesia are Chinese Indonesians or Tionghoa.

In Indonesia, Chinese New Year Celebration is know as “Imlek” and people wish each other Happy Chinese New Year saying “Selamat Tahun Baru Imlek”

In Indonesia, Chinese New Year is a time to show respect for those that have passed away and to reunite with family members. Departed relatives are remembered with great respect because they were responsible for laying the foundations for the family’s fortune.

As Indonesian capital city, Jakarta will have a lot of celebrations and festivals on Chinese New Year 2018 awaiting for you to discover.

Here there is a Chinese New Year Parade and fireworks on the midnight of Chinese New Year’s Eve.

For the festive season, the Chinatown area which is located just to the south of Jakarta’s Old Town gets filled with decorative lanterns, banners, lamps, angpau envelopes and children’s clothing for sale, all glowing in red. The holiday’s signature food dodol Cina – the Chinese toffee-like sweet and sticky cake made from glutinous rice flour and caramel sugar – are also sold by nearly every street vendor in the area.

On the new years day people visit temples to seek blessings for the new year.

Just like China, In Indonesia also the Lantern Festival on the 15th day of the New Year marks the end of the Chinese New Year celebrations.

Apart from Jakarta, Chinese New Year Celebrations also take place in other parts of the country where there are China towns namely – Gang Semawis and Jalan Pekojan in Semarang.

Apart from this, there are numerous Chinese Indonesians in Surabaya – East Java, Bangka Belitung – Pangkal Pinang, Sungailiat, Toboali and Muntok (with Hakka majority), Medan – North Sumatra (with Hokkien majority), Pontianak – West Kalimantan (TeoChew majority) and Singkawang – West Kalimantan (Hakka majority, almost 70% of city population).