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Chinese New Year  /  Year of the Snake

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Indonesia is heavily populated with Chinese Indonesians  (9 million), and with such a large number of them, the Chinese New Year is a much celebrated event.

Yesterday was the Chinese New Year, and to celebrate it we visited different Chinese families as they followed their Buddhist / Confucius, etc., traditions of welcoming guests into their homes and serving them a wide assortment of foods. While visiting, it was also a great opportunity to learn of some of their beliefs, and having made notes, we included them below.

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Chinese in Indonesia

Indonesia’s 2000 census reveals 2.4 million as being ethnic Chinese. That’s a mere 1.2 % of the country’s population. It is believed that this amount could be 2-3x that reported. The under-reporting is said to have happened due to the fear of revealing their Chinese ethnicity, due to the many instances of anti-Chinese activity.

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