Lebaran Betawi: Community Gathering Event and Betawi Cultural Festival

Eid al-Fitr or commonly referred to as Lebaran is a religious celebration celebrated by Muslims. Besides being used by the general public, Lebaran is also used specifically, namely by the Betawi community. In particular, the Betawi people named it as Lebaran Betawi.

Just like the meaning of Lebaran in general, it is a gathering event for all Betawi residents. Everyone, families, groups, organizations, to art studios, can participate in celebrating Lebaran Betawi.

Lebaran Betawi itself was first initiated by Amarullah Asbah, Deputy Chairman of the Betawi Community Consultative Body (Bamus) in 2008. The idea of celebrating Lebaran Betawi is intended as a gathering place for Betawi people who live in various areas, not only in Jakarta.

The first Lebaran Betawi took place at Banteng Square, Central Jakarta, on October 18, 2008 under Governor Fauzi Bowo. On the first day of the event, thousands of Betawi people from various regions crowded into Banteng Square.
In its development, Lebaran Betawi is not only for Betawi residents. In fact, Lebaran Betawi is not closed to people who are not Betawi people. Lebaran Betawi itself is held after Eid al-Fitr or while still in the month of Shawwal.

Lebaran Betawi is held in collaboration between the DKI Jakarta Provincial Government (Pemprov) and the Betawi Community Consultative Body (Bamus). According to Bamus Betawi, the initiator of Lebaran Betawi, Amrullah Asbah once joked, "Well, we fast for a month, Eid is also a month, right?" That is, the month of Shawwal is a month that is identical with the celebration of Eid al-Fitr or Eid.

During the Betawi Lebaran period, various Betawi-inspired ornaments and decorations were also displayed, such as Gigi Balang. Lebaran Betawi is also enlivened with various cultural events. Some of them are dances, Betawi orchestra, various types of martial arts, painting, and Betawi cuisine.

The appearance of various cultural products as entertainment, said Ikhsan, is a differentiator from Lebaran which is usually celebrated by the community. According to him, there are people who make big events with lots of entertainment during Eid. However, not many do that because it requires large funds.

Lebaran Betawi continues to be held annually from 2008 to 2019. However, in 2020 and 2021, the Lebaran Betawi festival will not be held due to the COVID-19 pandemic.


QUOTES

“Manusia tanpa cita-cita adalah mati. Cita-cita tanpa kerja adalah mimpi. Idaman yang menjadi andalan adalah kebahagiaan.”
- Ali Sadikin -
Gubernur DKI Jakarta 1966 - 1977
“Emang rejeki kagak kemane, tapi kalo lo gak kemane-mane mana mau dapet rejeki.”
- H. Benyamin Sueb -
Seniman Betawi