People And Culture

People And Culture

  • Living on more than 17,000 islands, the Indonesian nation today counts some 200 million population comprising more than 200 ethnic groups, with the majority of the population embracing Islam, while in Bali the Hindu religion is predominant.
  • True to the Pancasila, the five principles of nationhood, – namely Belief in the One and Only God, a Just and Civilized Humanity, the Unity of Indonesia, Democracy through unanimous deliberations, and Social Justice for all – Indonesian societies are open and remain tolerant towards one another’s religion, customs and traditions, all the while faithfully adhering to their own.
  • Weddings and wedding receptions in Indonesia are a great introduction to Indonesia’s many and diverse customs and traditions.
  • On 2 October 2009, UNESCO recognized Indonesia’s “Batik” as World Intangible Cultural Heritage, adding to the earlier recognized Indonesia’s “Keris” (the wavy blade dagger), and the “Wayang” shadow puppets.
  • Indonesian people are generally friendly and polite and while they understand that western culture is different to their own.