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November 2019

Date November 9

Prophet Muhammad’s Birthday: November 9, 2019

Muhammad was born in Mecca, a city in Arabia, in 570 CE. Muhammad’s childhood was fairly quiet, but he lost his mother to an illness in 576 CE. After the death of his mother, Muhammad was cared for by his uncle, Abu Talib. Abu Talib raised Muhammad to adulthood. There are numerous Indonesian traditions that are followed on Maulid Nabi. One such tradition is the Grebeg Maulud rituals that are held in Indonesia’s major cities. While the specific details of…

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September 2019

Date September 1

Islamic New Year: September 1, 2019

This holiday also commemorates the founding of Islam and Muhammad’s migration from Mecca to Medina. The Prophet Muhammad, the founder of Islam, returned to Mecca after receiving a quest from God to spread the teachings of Islam to the world. When Muhammad attempted to spread the word of God in Mecca, he and his followers were shunned by a group of polytheistic pagans. Tensions between the Muslims and the pagans soon escalated. Eventually, Muhammad was forced to lead his people…

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August 2019

Date August 17

Indonesia Independence Day: August 17, 2019

Prior to 1945, Indonesia was a colony of the Netherlands. When Japan began to expand, Japanese leaders decided to support an independence movement in Indonesia to drive the Netherlands out of its sphere of influence. Achmed Sukarno and Muhammad Hatta collaborated with the Japanese military to reclaim Indonesia from the Dutch government. When Japan surrendered to the United States in 1945, Sukarno and Hatta feared that their window of opportunity was closing. On 17 August 1945, Sukarno announced the Proclamation…

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Date August 11

Idul Adha: August 11, 2019

The primary event of Idul Adha is a great feast that all Muslims partake in. This meal originated from Ibrahim’s sacrifice of a sheep after Allah was pleased with Ibrahim’s obedience and chose to spare the life of Ishmael. On Idul Adha, every Muslim family that can afford to is expected to sacrifice a sheep, goat or cow. The animal’s meat is divided into three portions. The first portion is for the family members of the person who owns the…

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