New Year Celebrations in Indonesia, a festive extravaganza

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Just like other people around the globe, Indonesians welcome the New Year with great joy and festivity. The excitement naturally begins on December 31st, when Indonesians like their counterparts in other countries prepare to bid farewell to the year that is drawing to a close. It is a time for reflection on the twelve months that have passed by, and to celebrate the successes and milestones that have been achieved.

In Indonesia many of the public festivities are centred on the urban areas, where families and friends get together to party the night away. Groups of people get together in car and motorcycle convoys in which they roam the streets of the big cities, notably the capital Jakarta.

Since many Indonesians work on New Year’s Eve the celebrations really get into swing after office hours. Many Indonesians purchase celebratory items like fireworks, paper trumpets and paper hats on their way to their homes where the children will be awaiting them eagerly.

Popular restaurants, hotels and discotheques offer festive specials like promotional meals, dancing and other entertainment. In the capital Jakarta the festivities will typically include a musical show, a countdown for the New Year and the indispensable fireworks display. Indonesians eagerly watch these sensational fireworks displays, when a vast quantity of spectacularly colourful fireworks is released. The major locations for the celebrations are the National Monument, the Ancol Dreamland resort and the Taman Mini recreational area.

On the other hand the island of Bali is another delightful place to usher in the New Year with foreigners as well as locals enjoying themselves in the picturesque surroundings of Kuta Beach. Many of the local establishments such as nightclubs, bars and cafes will organize special performances and entertainment presentations.

Indonesians are by and large a friendly and hospitable people who will welcome you to their festivities and celebrations. With so much to see and do Indonesian has become a very popular venue for holidaymakers who wish to usher in the New Year in style.

When in search of luxury hotels Indonesia has to offer, a traveller can opt for a choice such as Starwood Indonesia. Indonesia 5 star hotels of this calibre ensure a pleasurable stay with plush comforts and attentive service.


Thanuja Silva is a travel writer who writes under the pen name Auburn Silver. She has a passion for fashion and a deep interest in admiring new and exotic attractions around the world. Google+

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