Proceedings of the International Conference on Culture and Language in Southeast Asia (ICCLAS 2017)

Halalbihalal Tradition in Java 2010-2015

M. Ma'ruf Misbah
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Eid al-Fitr; halalbihalal tradition; cultural power
This article discusses the halalbihalal tradition among Javanese Muslims held only at the time of Eid al-Fitr, whereas the behavior of mutual forgiveness and kinship (silaturahmi) which became the character of the tradition, could be done any time. This research aimed at finding out the cultural power behind halalbihalal tradition among Muslims in Java, Indonesia, held every year after Eid al-Fitr between the years 2010-2015. To reach the goal, the writer did an analysis with qualitative research method using religious and anthropological approach. This approach was used because halalbihalal had relation to religion aspect and human behavior as the subject of the tradition. The result of this research showed that there were two factors constructing the cultural power. Those two factors were religion and anthropology factor. There was a religious view among Muslims that they had an obligation to apologize to others for their speech or deeds that might have disturb other's feelings. In addition, there were also anthropological phenomena that shaped human behavior in halalbihalal activities so that it became a tradition. In conclusion, there was a cultural power behind the halalbihalal tradition which was the root for strengthening the tradition. The atmosphere of Eid al-Fitr came after fasting in Ramadan month, was the most appropriate moment for halalbihalal activities. The behavior of mutual forgiveness and kinship in halalbihalal tradition could complement the worship that had been done during the Ramadan month. The impact was that the halalbihalal activity could be carried out every year after Eid al-Fitr and the form of activities also varied.
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  title={Halalbihalal Tradition in Java 2010-2015},
  author={Misbah, M. Ma'ruf},
  booktitle={International Conference on Culture and Language in Southeast Asia (ICCLAS 2017)},
  publisher={Atlantis Press}
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