May 27, 2019
Over 19 million Indonesians are ready to travel from big city in Indonesia by road, sea and air over the weekend to celebrate the holidays of Eid al-Fitr, which begins this Sunday.
Millions of Indonesians move during Eid al-Fitr. The massive push of travelers, known as Mudik – or pulang kampung (return home) – has become an Indonesian Muslim tradition.
Just like in Jakarta, those who work in the city can only go back to their hometown during the long holiday, which is during the Eid al-Fitr holiday. So that this momentum extends and looks so developed into a phenomenon.
The media also has a big role in comparing the activities of returning home to become a mandatory tradition during Eid. With the company and government programs that facilitate the activities of returning home, this tradition has also grown and seems to be a necessity.
There are things that make migrants must carry out returning home. First going home to be a way to find blessings because they can stay in touch with family, relatives, and neighbors. This activity is also a reminder of the origin of the area for those who wander.
The homecoming tradition for nomads in the capital city also aims to demonstrate the existence of its success. As well as being a place to share with relatives who have long been left behind to share in their success overseas. Going home is also a psychological therapy utilizing the Eid al-Fitr holiday to travel after a busy year in work routines, so that when he comes to work again he has a new spirit.
But even though this Eid is a long-awaited moment, there are important things that must be prepared in advance.
The struggle to get a “TICKET” is one of the frightening specters for most people who want to go home to their hometown.
The struggle to return home is indeed not easy, we must be prepared to jostle in terminals, stations, and even airports. Even though on a normal day, these 3 places won’t be crowded.
The travelers are willing to traffic jams to pay more to Mudik Eid al-Fitr. The severity of the challenges and struggles faced by travelers, has never dampened their intention and willingness to go home.