New Year’s Eve in Jakarta

HAPPY NEW YEAR 2017 everybody!  I should have posted this a while back, however time flies when you are having fun 😉

I would like to talk a bit about how new year’s eve was celebrating in Jakarta, Indonesia.

Different people have different ways to celebrate the new year’s eve. It’s true. Some just having small family party, some will find it hard to resist offer celebrating with glamour party in hotels. For many of Jakarta residents who were not celebrating in either way, they have a tradition of spending the night on the protocol streets that lead toward main monument (Monas Square) and/or to the Taman Impian Jaya Ancol. It’s a vacation sites that becomes one of the icon of Jakarta. The government usually organize massive celebration in Taman Impian Jaya Ancol with live shows, grand fireworks party, etc.


Along many corners in Jakarta, we could easily find sellers of colorful paper trumpets with many variety of shapes, and we could buy it in very cheap price. Many people are willing to spend their times on their cars, or motorcycles, among the traffic jam that could last for hours even after the countdown has over. For those who have not reached Monas or Ancol when the new year’s countdown start, they still looked exciting being part of the mass with other strangers on the street, and together everyone blew the trumpets on the first seconds of January. It’s a simple and cheap way on celebrating the new year. And still not lessen the excitement created by the situation.

Actually, the fireworks are not only held by the government. In many elite housing area, many private residents sponsored the fireworks show. I am lucky enough to live in one of such areas and witnessing the beautiful fireworks from the comfort of my home, that was held around my neighborhood area. It’s awesome! I don’t have to spend hours on the street, sweating all around with many people that gather in Ancol beach area, and still can enjoy the beautiful fireworks. But yes, the excitement and fun will be different of course.

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