Culture – Ngejot, A Symbol of Gratitude & Tolerance in Bali

Do you know how muslim in Bali celebrate Eid Al-Fitr with their hindu neighbors? Or how the hindus share their happines to other religions in Bali to celebrate Galungan & Kuningan? Ngejot is a tradition to preserve the good relation between diversity in Bali

Ramadhan will be finished next month. As muslim, I will celebrate Eid Al-Fitr soon in my hometown, Denpasar Bali. Actually there is a tradition in Bali which is valid for all religions.

We call it as “Ngejot”.

This tradition has always been done by local community in Bali to celebrate a big day of all religions, such as Kuningan & Galungan for hindus, Eid Al-Fitr for muslims, and christmast as christians.

Ngejot is a tradition where we share our special food to neighbors while celebrating Galungan or Eid Al-Fitr. For example, we share chicken curry and cookies to the neighbors as these are typical or common menus to celebrate Eid Al-Fitr. And my neighbors, who are mostly hindus, share their traditional snacks, to my family and I, to celebrate Galungan in other day.

The main idea of Ngejot is to share our happiness and gratitude to our neighbors while celebrating our own big day. It’s also useful to maintain friendship and brotherhood between each other, even our beliefs are different.

However, culture is a culture whatever our belief is. Moreover, Ngejot is a heritage tradition, developped from generation to generation. A uniqueness that We must preserve until whenever. I don’t know why people in other regions, I mean outside Bali, are being intolerance nowadays. I hope the tolerance issue in Indonesia could be better as before. I think it is the importance to preserve our culture that were made to keep the balance between the diversity.

I love you 3000 Indonesia, please always be peaceful.