• Thriving Modest Fashion: Can Indonesia Become the Mecca of Islamic Fashion?

    Thriving Modest Fashion: Can Indonesia Become the Mecca of Islamic Fashion?

    Indonesia is in a great position to become the world’s leading nation in terms of Islamic fashion. Why? Well, with a population of around 265 million people (with nearly 90 percent adhering to Islam) Indonesia has a (potentially) huge customer base. Secondly, prosperity in Southeast Asia’s largest economy is rising as evidenced by growing per capita income and the expanding middle class. As more and more Indonesians escape poverty and rise in the ranks of the middle class, they have less need to focus solely on basic needs and have (more) money to spend on non-basic needs, such as fashion.

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  • New Major Earthquakes Strike Lombok

    New Major Earthquakes Strike Lombok

    While residents on the island of Lombok were still in the process of recovering from the deadly earthquakes in late July 2018, the area was again hit by a series of devastating earthquakes in August.

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  • Hari Libur Nasional di Indonesia: Nyepi Dirayakan Umat Hindu Bali

    Public Holidays in Indonesia: Nyepi, the Day of Silence on Hindu Bali

    Hari Sabtu, 21 Maret 2015, adalah hari libur nasional di Indonesia. Pada hari ini komunitas Hindu di Indonesia, yang sebagian besar hidup di Bali, merayakan Nyepi yaitu Hari untuk Berdiam Diri atau Tahun Baru Hindu dalam kalender Saka Bali. Karena Nyepi adalah hari untuk melakukan refleksi diri untuk komunitas Hindu Indonesia, aktivitas-aktivitas nyaris berhenti sama sekali dari pukul 6 pagi sampai pukul 6 sore. Peraturan-peraturan lokal menginstruksikan bahwa umat Hindu tidak diizinkan untuk menyalakan api (atau lampu), bekerja, makan, bicara, atau melakukan kegiatan hiburan apa pun.

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