How to make ketupat?

Ketupat is a special food that usually serve on lebaran day (Ied or Muslim holiday) in Indonesia or Malaysia. I have talked about lebaran on my post lebaran di kampungku. Ketupat usually serve with opor (chicken cook with coconut milk). Ketupat actually also nasi (cooked rice) but it is cooked on different way. Ketupat is cooked rice that wrap with young coconut leaves that normally plait like diamond.
How to make the wrapper?
At fist time you must prepare 2 young coconut leaves. Then you make the leaves that have shape like a diamond with steps like picture on the below:

You can make 10-15 wrappers for 1kg rice. After the wrapper ready then you can prepare for the content.
Material or ingredient:
* 1 kg rice
* 1 / 2 tsp water whiting
* 2 tablespoons salt
* 10-15 diamond skin (depending on size)
* Water for boiling

How to make
1. Wash the rice that will be used first, soak for approximately 3 hours and drain it also mixed with few whiting.
2. Rice is included in the pack of diamond should be as much as 2 / 3 content. Do not let more than that.
3. Boil water to be used for boiling ketupat.
4. Boil the ketupat for about 4-5 hours and as long as it should be in fully submerged.
5. Once cooked, diamond hung up to dry.

Ketupat is ready to serve. Dont forget to serve it with opor.

Lebaran di kampungku

Lebaran is name of Muslim holidays in Indonesia. There is 2 Holidays in Islam, عيد الفطر ‘Īdu l-Fiṭr and عيد الأضحى 'Idul Adha. Lebaran is 'Eid al- Fitr or Idul Fitri or we can call it holiday after fasting (Ramadan). Eid al-Fitr is a Muslim holiday that falls on the 1st of Shawwal in Hijri calendar (Muslim calendar / Arabic Calendar). On the morning of the feast of Idul Fitri is the 1st of Shawwal, Muslims (worldwide) to perform their prayers together to feast that is usually carried out in the field, the mosques or highway (due to limited places, usually in cities large).

Every place has its own tradition of welcoming feast of Idul Fitr. Because I live in Indonesia, then I will talk about the feast of Idul Fitri or Lebaran in Indonesia, particularly in the area in the village that I come from in Sragen. When the month of Ramadan has ended, the night before the feast would sound Takbir everywhere. The sound of Takbir is like a song but always has the same song. The sound of Takbir was speaking in Arabic, as it sounded:

الله أكبر الله أكبر الله أكبرAllahu akbar, Allahu akbar, Allahu akbarAllah is the Greatest, Allah is the Greatest, Allah is the Greatest
لا إله إلا اللهla ilaha illa AllahThere is no god but God
الله أكبر الله أكبرAllahu akbar, Allahu akbarAllah is the Greatest, Allah is the Greatest
ولله الحمدwa li-illahi al-hamdPraise be to Allah
* source from wikipedia

Takbir voice will be heard throughout the night until the Muslims in Indonesia working on the feast of Idul Fitri prayer and in some areas Takbir voice will be heard during a week but in my place, it will be heard usually for 2/3 days.

After the Idul Fitri prayer in my village, we will apologize and asking for pray to the mother and father after that we will visit close family. The family we visited the family usually older than their parents, such as grandparents and older brother-sister of the father or mother. Then on the second day, our family will be around the village to visit an older neighbor. The function of visiting relatives or neighbors who are older than our parents means a homage to the older. Be done when visiting family or neighbors who are older is congratulate holidays, begged forgiveness and asked for prayer, called sungkem (Java language). But specifically for young men and women , will visit the entire village consisting of about 100 families and their just shake hands only.

Idul Fitri or Lebaran in my village widths may not be as vibrant as in other areas such as Sumatra or Kalimantan(Borneo). Because the widths are usually the most crowded on my village is only 2 / 3 days after that, activity from family to family visits are reduced and can be said not exist again. But I'm happy Eid at home because I can gather with family especially my parents.

What is interesting in the days widths are:
1. visit each other (called silaturahmi)

2. lots of food

3. for small children is a day of harvest of money, because many families will give money. We usually call it salam tempel.

4. many families returning from overseas (called mudik)

5. ketupat is a special food of lebaran in indonesia, at my village ketupat will be served on 7 day of lebaran.

That a story of lebaran on my village.

Top Spanish Destinations for Family Holidays

Spain is one of Europe’s top travel destinations, its long history, warm weather, cuisine and beaches make it an attractive destination for many. Having the most listed cities on UNESCO’s world heritage list than any other country just goes to show how special Spain is. However there are of course some destinations in Spain that are most popular for various different reasons. This article takes a look at some of the most popular Spanish locations for the family traveler.

One of the archipelago islands in the Canary Isles found off the west coast of Africa, Lanzarote is blessed with a climate that is warm all year round and has over 250 km‘s of coastline. This makes Lanzarote a perfect destination for beach holidays with the family no matter what season you are travelling. This means you can plan a holiday with your family during any of the half term breaks whether it is spring, summer, autumn or winter. In terms of sightseeing, Lanzarote has lots to explore. Its dramatic landscape has been shaped by volcanic eruptions over the years and you will find old lava fields and unique rock formations like no other destination in Spain.
Situated on the Andalusian coast of Spain, the historical city of Málaga makes a great destination for family holidays. Dotted along the coast you will find a range hotels and a large number of restaurants which reflect its popularity. The beach resorts provide a number of recreational activities that will keep your kids entertained while you relax on the beach or take a bike tour of the city. On top of the beaches, there are plenty of sightseeing opportunities such as the Castle of Gibralfaro, Alcazaba, Cathedral of Málaga and the San Juan Bautista Church.
Known by many as the liveliest holiday resort in Costa Dorada, Salou is a great destination with theme parks, beaches, the famous Port Aventura and a large number of cafes and restaurants on its doorstep to keep families entertained. Being another coastal resort, Salou also has access to the Mediterranean Ocean and fresh seafood and of course many recreational beach activities to participate in. For these reasons an estimated 2 million visitors travel to stay in Salou each year which means it is one of Spain’s better locations for a family holiday.
Situated in the Costa Blanca, Alicante also makes a great destination for a family vacation. With quaint towns within the nearby region there are plenty of opportunities for day trips and excursions. Towns and cities such as Benidorm, Calpe, Javea, Denia and Torrevieja provide holidaymakers to Alicante with lots of sightseeing opportunities outside of the city. However there are also a large number of holiday resorts that provide you with enough entertainment to keep you and your family occupied if you want to stay by the beach. Of course you wouldn’t be blamed for wanting to relax and stay by the beach, Alicante has a large number of beaches that look out over the Mediterranean Ocean on which you can enjoy the warm sunshine.
Overall there are many reasons to visit Spain and these are just a handful of locations that tend to be most popular for family travellers. This article hasn’t even mentioned the Spanish cities of Barcelona or Madrid but that would be a different article. If you can add to the list of Spanish destinations that make an ideal location for a family vacation please comment below and or tell us where you have enjoyed a memorable holiday with your family.

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