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Happy ‘Mudik’ Lebaran in 2017

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Lebaran/Eid is always a momentum for the people of Indonesia to return home or called homecoming or mudik in Indonesia. Each year in Lebaran day, the term mudik  becomes the thing that will be heard often. But have you ever wondered why going back home on Lebaran day is called mudik?

According to Wikipedia, mudik is defined as the activities of migrants or migrant workers to return to their hometown. However it turns out this mudik is actually an abbreviation derived from the Java Language Ngoko. The word mudik is an abbreviation of 'mulih dilik' which means going home for a while. So actually this mudik word has nothing to do with Eid or Lebaran Day. But as the development, the word mudik has now experienced a shift in meaning. Mudik is associated with the word 'udik' which means village, secluded village, or area which is the opposite word from the city. With that approach, the word mudik is defined as the activity of someone returning to the village or his/her hometown.

Actually this mudik tradition has existed since the time of Majapahit kingdom. Formerly the immigrants returned home to clean the graves of their ancestors. This is done to ask for salvation in the search for sustenance. But the term mudik Lebaran was newly developed around the 1970s. At that time, Jakarta as the capital of Indonesia appeared to be the only city in Indonesia that experienced rapid development. For other residents who live in the village, Jakarta becomes one of the dream destinations for them to change their destiny. More than 80 percent of urbanists come to Jakarta to find work.

Those who already get a job usually only get a long holiday during Lebaran only. This momentum is used to return home. Just like in Jakarta, those who work in the city can only go back to their hometown during the long holiday which is Eid holiday. So this momentum extends and develops into a phenomenon. (Source: http://www.tribunnews.com/ramadan/2017/06/13/tradisi-mudik-asal-usul-kata-dan-sejarahnya-di-indonesia?page=all)

22 Juni 2017
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