Timesofummah.com – In this country of Indonesia, ngabuburit activities have become a tradition that is usually done when the month of Ramadan arrives. Both children, young people, adults, and parents must have followed the typical traditions of this month of Ramadan. In addition, it is not only Muslims who are actually fasting during the month of Ramadan who follow this tradition, but also those who do not fast during the month of Ramadan.
They ngabuburit together as a form of preserving traditions that have existed for generations. There are many activities that can be done during this ngabuburit, from walking in the afternoon, hunting takjil, to listening to the cult at the mosque.
Then, what is ngabuburit? How is this ngabuburit tradition carried out in various parts of Indonesia? What are the activities that can be done during this ngabuburit time?
Let’s see the following review!
What is Ngabuburit?
Based on the Sundanese Dictionary published by the Sundanese Language and Literature Institute (LBSS), the word ‘ngabuburit’ comes from ‘burit’ which means ‘afternoon’.
While in Sundanese, ‘ngabuburit’ is ‘lakuran’ from the phrase ‘ngalantung ngadagoan burit’, which means ‘relaxing while waiting for the afternoon’.
In contrast to the Minang language, this ngabuburit is often referred to as ‘malengahpuaso’ which means ‘doing activities to divert hunger and thirst during fasting’.
So, it can be concluded that ngabuburit is an activity carried out to wait for the Maghrib call to prayer before breaking the fast during the month of Ramadan.
Well, the term ‘ngabuburit’ gradually spread to all corners of Indonesia before the 1990s until it finally became a tradition until now. Usually, this ngabuburit activity will be held at 15.30 to 17.30 (depending on when the Maghrib call to prayer will ring).
In the process of implementation, ngabuburit is often filled with activities such as sightseeing, hunting takjil, following cults, playing kites, and some even playing soccer. Therefore, when the month of Ramadan arrives, there will be many sellers selling traditional food and snacks either on the roadside or at the market before breaking the fast.
This ngabuburit phenomenon has been carried out since ancient times, but of course the activities carried out can be different. In the past, especially in remote villages, people would ngabuburit by weaving pandan leaf mats, joking with family and neighbors, and reading the Koran in the surau (tadarusan).
As the times progressed, the ngabuburit tradition also developed. Nowadays, young people usually do ngabuburit by hanging out at cafes, riding motorbikes together, walking in the town square, playing football, looking for takjil snacks, to cooking food for iftar later.
Ngabuburit Tradition in Several Regions of Indonesia
1. Sailboat Racing
The tradition of ngabuburit which is filled with sailing boat racing activities can be found in the Surabaya area. The local community, precisely those who live around Kenjeran Beach, will do a mini-size sailboat race. Not only that, the mini sailboat will be decorated with various colors to add to the slick competition.
Kumbohan is a ngabuburit tradition in Lamongan. The activity is in the form of hunting for mackerel around the Bengawan Solo River. There are many types of fish being hunted, ranging from lobster, bader, keting, to milkfish.
The way to catch it is to wait for the water in the river to become cloudy. The fish will be ‘drunk’ because of the new water delivery or changes in the water from clear to cloudy. In addition, the water in the river will recede so that fish will be easily caught. Later, people would wait for the fish to come to the surface and catch it.
3. Relax on the Beach
Ngabuburit activities by relaxing on the beach are usually carried out by people who live around the beach. For example, at Taman Pandan Beach in Sukabumi, West Java.
At these beaches, there will also be sellers selling takjil food to breaking the fast food so that relaxing time will be fun.
4. Morning romance
Unlike its name, this ngabuburit activity has absolutely nothing to do with finding a mate. The usual ngabuburit activity at the Ampera Bridge, Palembang, is in the form of lighting a number of firecrackers along the bridge while waiting for the Maghrib call to prayer to sound.
5. Hunting Takjil in the Shock Market
Ngabuburit is incomplete if you don’t hunt takjil. In various parts of Indonesia, there are many surprised markets that provide a variety of takjil snacks at various prices.
This shock market is called ‘shocked’ because on average the sellers appear suddenly only at certain times, for example during the month of Ramadan before breaking the fast.
6. Getting Around Using a Bagan Boat
This ngabuburit activity is usually often carried out in Bangka Belitung. A number of young people will later tour the Bangka Belitung area using a bagan boat while waiting for the time to break their fast.
The tradition of ngabuburit which is filled with bleguran activities has long been carried out since the 1970s around the Jakarta area.
In this bleguran activity, later the young people will make bamboo cannons and blow them up so that the sound of the boom sounds like a cannon. Even so, this traditional game does not use bullets and does not produce dangerous explosions.
Activities That Can Be Done To Fill Ngabuburit
In the month of Ramadan in 2022, like it or not, we will still have to coexist with the Covid-19 pandemic again, like last year. Even so, we can still carry out ngabuburit to wait for the time to break the fast.
There are many activities that can be done to fill the time spent hanging out, even at home to avoid the risk of contracting the Covid-19 virus. What are these activities? Let’s see the following description!
1. Make Your Own Takjil Cuisine
If in previous years, we used to buy takjil food at the market when we were ngabuburit, now this year will be different. That is, you can make your own takjil dishes.
For example, you like a banana compote takjil drink. You can, of course, spend time hanging out while waiting for the time to break the fast by making the banana compote, with your family, relatives, or boarding friends if you are boarding.
Besides being more efficient, you also get a larger portion than buying at the market. Of course it will be hygienic too.
2. Watching Movies
When you have finished helping your mother cook food for breaking the fast, then you can wait for the Maghrib call to prayer to sound by watching a movie. Try not to make films that contain indecent scenes, because they can interfere with fasting intentions. It is better to watch comedy or animation (cartoon) genre films.
Currently, there are many platforms that provide films from various countries and genres, namely Netflix, WeTV, iQiyi, and many more.
3. Follow Online Cult
During Ramadan, there will be many cults held by well-known clerics and clerics online. Although it is done online, it does not prevent us from getting lectures and advice that is useful for the life of this world and the hereafter.
4. Afternoon Stroll
Ngabuburit with afternoon walks is usually done by most Indonesians to fill their spare time waiting for the time to break their fast. This afternoon walk is usually in the town square while hunting takjil food.
5. Playing Kites
Even though it looks like a simple children’s game, playing kites can also be an option to fill the time of breaking the fast, you know…
If you want to fly a kite, try on a large field, not in an area full of electric cables because it can be dangerous. In addition, kite strings that have been broken must be cut and discarded immediately, so as not to endanger other people who pass by.
You can exercise in the afternoon while waiting for iftar time. For example doing afternoon running, basketball, volleyball, soccer, or badminton. Apart from health reasons, the free time before the Maghrib call to prayer will also not be felt.
Well, that’s a review of what ngabuburit is and how the tradition of ngabuburit is carried out in various parts of Indonesia. There is absolutely no prohibition on the implementation of the ngabuburit activity because it has become a tradition. However, as a good Muslim, don’t forget to pray Asr first before leaving for ngabuburit….