National holiday celebrating the Jakartanese Hindu New Year.
Locals turn off all lights, avoid any physical
labor and entertainment and stay at home. Hotels remain open,
but many services will be unavailable. Concludes
Day. A sunrise memorial service at Menteng Pulo cemetery honors
members of the Australian and New Zealand Army Corps who fought
in Indonesia. Jalan Menteng Pulo, off Jalan Casablanca, Menteng.
Friday. National holiday.
parades mark this national holiday on the 8th of March.
Nabi Muhammad. Islamic religious observance
commemorating the birth of the Prophet Muhammad.
Day. Buddhist holiday.
Day. Christian religious observance
and a national holiday.
Fair. This month long festival commemorates the city's birthday.
The president or vice-president officially kicks off the celebrations,
with cultural shows and fireworks at the Jakarta Fair Grounds.
A trade fair and
carnival continue into July. Some cultural shows are also
staged in various venues in the city. Jakarta Fair Grounds,
Jalan Rajawali Selatan, Kemayoran. For more information,
telephone 021-421-8111 or 421-8555. http://www.jakartafair.com
Concludes mid July
Day. National holiday respecting the day founding president
Sukarno proclaimed the independent Republic of Indonesia
in 1945. The current national
leaders perform the reading of the proclamation and raise
the red-and-white Indonesian flag. Veterans of the independence
war frequently line up early to get good seats. Access to
Freedom Palace is by invitation only, but many Indonesians
seem to have a good time in the nearby Medan Merdeka (Freedom
Square) or just standing on the roads outside the palace,
watching events from a
distance. Istana Merdeka, Jalan Medan Merdeka Utara.
For information, call the Jakarta Tourist Office at
520-5455 or 520-9671.
al-Mi'raj. An Islamic religious observance and a
Muslims observe a month of daylight fasting, and prayers are
offered at mosques each evening. Concludes 14 November.
International Film Festival. Screenings of films by international
directors, as well as a short-film competition
for new Asian cinema. Erasmus Huis, H.R. Rasuna Said Kav S3,
Kuningan; Goethe Institut, GSSJ Ratulange 9-11, Menteng; Galeri
Oktagon, Gunung Sahari Raya 50 A; and Pusat Perfilman Usmar
Ismail, HR. Rasuna Said Kav 22-24, Kuningan. For information,
http://www. jiffest.com. Concludes early November
(Eid al-Fitr). 2-day national holiday marking the end of Ramadan.
Government offices and several businesses are closed.
Evening performances of the traditional dance- drama Wayang
Orang. Tuesday, Wednesday, Friday and Saturday 8:15-around
midnight. Bharata Theatre, Jalan Kalilio 15, Glodok. Phone
421-4937. Concludes late December
Javanese Gamelan concerts take place each Sunday morning at
the National Museum (formerly called the Central Museum).
Jalan Merdeka Barat 12. Phone 386-8172. http://www.museumnasional.org.
Concludes late December.
Traditional Indonesian dance performances take place Sunday
9 am-2 pm. Taman Mini (Indonesia in Miniature Park), Jalan
Raya Taman Mini. Phone 840-1687. http://www.taman-mini.co.id.
Concludes late December.
Day. National holiday. Government offices and many businesses