What is Ngabuburit – In this country, Indonesia, ngabuburit activities have become a tradition that is usually carried out when the month of Ramadan arrives. Both children, young people, adults, and even the elderly must have followed this special tradition of the month of Ramadan. In addition, not only Muslims who actually observe the fasting month of Ramadan follow this tradition, but also those who do not fast during 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 evening walks, takjil hunting, to listening to cults at the mosque.
Then, what the heck is drowning? How is this ngabuburit tradition carried out in various parts of Indonesia? What activities can you do during this ngabuburit time?
Let’s look at the following reviews!
What is Ngabuburit?
Based on the Sundanese Language Dictionary which has been published by the Sunda Language and Literature Institute (LBSS), the word ‘ngabuburit’ comes from ‘burit’ which means ‘ afternoon ‘.
Meanwhile 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 called ‘ malengahsahasao ‘ which means ‘ to do 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 today. Usually, this ngabuburit activity will be held at 15.30 to 17.30 (depending on when the Maghrib call to prayer will resound).
In the process of its implementation, ngabuburit is often filled with traveling, takjil hunting, participating in cults, playing kites, and some even playing football. Therefore, when the month of Ramadan arrives, there will be many sellers selling traditional food and snacks either on the side of the road or at the market just 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 hang out by plaiting pandan leaf mats, joking around with their families and neighbors, and reading the Koran in the surau (tadarusan).
As time progresses, the ngabuburit tradition also develops. Nowadays, young people usually do ngabuburit by hanging out in cafes, riding motorbikes together, walking around the town square, playing football, looking for takjil snacks, and cooking food for breaking the fast later.
Ngabuburit Tradition in Several Regions of Indonesia
1. Sailboat Racing
The ngabuburit tradition, which is filled with sailboat racing activities, can be found in the Surabaya area. The local community, to be precise those who live around Kenjeran Beach, will do a miniature sailboat race. Not only that, the mini sailboat will be decorated with a variety of colors to add to the beauty of the competition.
Kumbohan is a ngabuburit tradition in Lamongan. The activity is in the form of hunting munggut fish around the Bengawan Solo River. There are many types of fish that are hunted, ranging from shrimp, 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 new water shipments or changes in water that was originally clear to cloudy. In addition, the water in the river will recede so fish will be easy to catch. Later, people will wait for the fish to rise to the surface and catch them.
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.
On these beaches there will also be sellers selling takjil food to breaking fast food so that relaxing time will be enjoyable.
4. Morning romance
Unlike its name, this ngabuburit activity has absolutely nothing to do with finding a mate. The ngabuburit activity which is usually carried out on the Ampera Bridge, Palembang, is in the form of setting off a number of firecrackers along the bridge while waiting for the Maghrib call to prayer to ring out.
5. Hunt for Takjil at the Surprised Market
Ngabuburit is not complete without takjil hunting. In various parts of Indonesia, there are many surprised markets that provide a variety of takjil snacks at various prices.
This surprised market is called ‘shocked’ because on average the sellers appear suddenly only at certain times, for example when the month of Ramadan is approaching breaking the fast.
6. Getting Around Using a Chart Boat
This ngabuburit activity is usually often carried out in Bangka Belitung. A number of young people will later go around the Bangka Belitung area using a charter boat while waiting for the time to break their fast.
The ngabuburit tradition, which is filled with bleguran activities, has 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 this 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 do 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, and can even be done at home to avoid the risk of contracting the Covid-19 virus. What are these activities? Let’s look at the following description!
1. Make Your Own Takjil Cuisine
If in previous years, we used to buy takjil food at the market during ngabuburit, this year will be different. That is, you can make your own takjil dishes in your style.
For example, you like banana kolak takjil. Of course, you can spend your ngabuburit time while waiting for the time to break your fast by making this banana compote, with your family, relatives, or boarding house friends if you are boarding a boarding house .
Besides being more economical, you also get a larger portion than buying at the market. Of course it will be hygienic as well.
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 resound by watching a movie. Try not to make films that contain indecent scenes, because they can interfere with fasting. It’s 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. Participate in online cults
During Ramadan, there will be many cults held by well-known ustadz and ustadzah online. Even though it is done online, it does not prevent us from getting useful lectures and advice for the life of the world and the hereafter.
4. Afternoon Stroll
Most Indonesians usually do Ngabuburit with evening walks to fill their spare time waiting for the time to break their fast. These afternoon walks are usually in the town square while hunting for takjil food.
5. Playing Kites
Even though it looks like a simple children’s game, playing with kites can also be an option to fill your iftar time, you know…
If you want to fly a kite, try to do it in a wide field, not in an area full of electric cables because it can be dangerous. In addition, the kite strings that have been broken are immediately cut and thrown away, so as not to endanger other people passing by.
You can exercise in the afternoon while waiting for the time to break your fast. For example doing an afternoon run, basketball, volleyball, soccer, or badminton. Apart from health reasons, the free time before the Maghrib call to prayer will also not be felt.
So, that’s a review of what ngabuburit is and how the ngabuburit tradition is carried out in various parts of Indonesia. The ngabuburit activity is absolutely no prohibition in its implementation because it has become a tradition. However, as good Muslims, don’t forget to pray the Asr prayer before leaving for ngabuburit….