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Eidil Fitri: This celebration is based upon the lunar calendar, therefore it does not always fall on the same date or month of the solar calendar. The celebration marks the conclusion of a one-month fasting period which is religiously observed by all Moslems. The celebration follows general prayers at the Mosque after which people visit each other to pay respects and ask their elders and friends for forgiveness. Special foods are prepared for the occasion and eaten in a communal meal. Indonesians celebrate Eidil Fitri for two days as a national holidays. Eid'l Adha: Pilgrimage holiday The Moslem Day of sacrifices, commemorated with mass prayers at mosque and in town square. Goats and cattle are slaughtered and the meat given to the poor and needy. Muharram 1st: New Year Isra' and Mi'raj of Prophet Mohammad: ascension day Maulud: Birthday of Prophet Mohammad. In Yogyakarta, celebrations to commemorate of the birthday of the Prophet Mohammad, about one week before the actual day, begin with traditional ceremonies, carnivals and festival (Sekaten). The people of Yogyakarta and surroundings generally believe that those participating in the ceremonies commemorating the birth of the Prophet will be blessed with a good life and youthfulness. On the first day, starting from 08:00 p.m., two melodiously tuned gamelan sets: Kyai Nogowilogi and Kyai Guntur Madu are played simultaneously in the Sultan's Palace (Keraton) Ponconiti pavilion. At intervals a sermon is given and verses of the Holy Qur'an script are recited. At midnight, guards of the Keraton escort the two gamelan sets carried in procession from the Ponconiti pavilion to the Masjid Agung or Grand Mosque. At the Masjid Agung yard, Kyai Nogowilogo is put in the north Pagongan and the Kyai Guntur Madu in the south. The two gamelan sets are played simultaneously until the end of the Sekaten festivities is declared at exactly 00:00 (midnight), right after the two gamelan sets are carried back into the Kraton Yogyakarta. On the day of the birthday of Prophet Mohammad, a parade of the Keraton guards and procession of the Gunungan start from 8:00 a.m. at the Northern Square.
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