Today is the victory day to all Moslems in the world when the holly month of Ramadhan finally completes and here comes the celebration; Eidil Fitr. The festivity starts off on the last evening of fasting when people chant in a praise of God, people go out of their houses, take a big drum and parade around the town. The youngs, normally the boys, set fireworks in streets in front of their houses. Families and neighbors visit each other offering forgiveness. Everyone embraces the celebration full of joy.
After so many years celebrating Eid overseas and in the city we resides, this year we all went back to my mom’s house in Jakarta. Although J couldn’t make it through the Eid day as he has to go back on duty the kids and I stay put.
Like always, Eid is the time to get together with the entire family with a feast of delicious dishes to indulge. I have started my own festivity last night, brushing off two portions of rice cakes, mix fruits and cakes. Today is the second round and later in the afternoon there will be more rounds of food all the way up till evening. I am a bit worried with my weight ha ha..but this is once a year!
In each festive season be it Christmas, Easter, Diwali and of course Eid there are signature dishes to mark the celebration. Rice cake, or in Indonesian: Ketupat, is the signature dish of Eid in Indonesia. It’s coconut leaves woven into a kind of pocket filled with rice and steamed. Other dishes that tag along include Indonesian chicken curry (Opor Ayam), spicy liver and potato (Sambal goreng ati) with crisps.
Besides those dishes every family will have their own dish that differ from one to another. In my family for example, we have Sate Garo, which is sauted beef in a lot of herbs and spices. In addition to that, we use to have Blackforrest cake to snack on (can you imagine our snack is that soft thick chocolate cake?!)
Last but certainly not the least, I wish you who celebrate a happy Eid!