Some of you have been unsure if you can come to Lombok during Ramadan and therefore, we are shedding some light on this special time in Muslim calendar and how it may affect you if you are travelling to Lombok during Ramadan. Here’s everything you need to know about Ramadan in Lombok:
What is Ramadan?
The Holy Month of Ramadan is the most important month of the year for Muslims. It is the month of fasting, prayers and reflection and lasts approximately 30 days. All Muslims around the world, including the Muslims in Lombok, fast from sunrise to sunset. This year Ramadan will most likely begin on 12 April, but the final start date will depend on the moon.
What is Kuta (Lombok) like in Ramadan?
Life in the streets of Kuta during the month of Ramadan tends to slow down during the day and the town starts buzzing around 5.30 pm in preparation for the nightly meal that breaks the fast, in Arabic called iftar or in Indonesian buka puasa. Do explore the local food stalls selling special home-made Ramadan sweet and savoury treats, such as coconut pancakes or potato croquettes, and many more. They are delicious and hard to find outside of Ramadan period.
Will the restaurants in Kuta be open during the day?
Yes, majority of the western restaurants will still be open. There are also local warungs that continue to be open during the day, some of them may be covered with a curtain out of respect for the fasting people. Warungs on the beach remain open as well. However, some of those restaurants may close for a couple of days for Idul Fitri (Arabic: Eid Al-Fitr), a religious holiday to celebrate the end of Ramadan. This year Idul Fitri most likely will fall on 12 May (again all subject to the moon).
What are the things to remember when travelling to Lombok during Ramadan?
During Ramadan eating in public is considered disrespectful so it is better if you avoid munching on your snacks in the middle of the street and take them back to your hotel instead. Also, bear in mind, you may be woken up by the early morning sounds of the mosque.