Tuesday, December 17, 2019

Christmas in Indonesia

Xmas is a national holiday in Indonesia. Protestantism and Catholicism are two of the six recognized religions here. We meet lots of native Christians, almost entirely from other islands, largely those to the east of here like Flores. And of course the tourist expat world that we live on the edge of is full of Xmas trees and songs - not as much as in Japan though where it's entirely a commercial event associated with eating cake. Our gardener came today and I told him to come next Wednesday. He's a very simple guy, a local Hindu, but he immediately pointed out that next Wednesday is Christmas.

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