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February 3, 2016
by Latitudes

Imlek. Chinese New Year in Indonesia

By: Emma Kwee

Imlek, as Chinese New Year is called in Indonesia, is the most important day in Chinese culture. It celebrates the start of the new lunar year, or more precisely the lunisolar new year. This month was the start of the year of the monkey. Imlek, is the peak of the festivities, but the weeks before and after the actual new year’s day are also important. In order to start the new year with a clean slate, houses are cleaned, debts are paid and unfinished business is taken care of. Evil spirits are literally swept away, by cleaning all unseen nooks and crannies. The house should be spotless and brooms should be out of the house on New Year’s day, so the good luck is not swept away.

The weeks before and after Imlek are filled with festivities, ceremonies and gatherings. Buddhist Chinese spend a lot of time in the temple to pray and honor their ancestors and family members that passed away. Christian Chinese do likewise in the church. In China, Singapore and Taiwan, impressive firework displays are part of the festivities, whereas Chinese communities in Indonesia and Malaysia revolve more around family gatherings.

January 30, 2016
by Chandra Drews

Tahu Isi. How to prepare

By: Chandra Drews

One of my favourite childhood snacks, this stuffed tofu dish is one of the main starts of Indonesian fried street food (gorengan). I mean think about it for a minute, it's fried tofu, hollowed out in the middle, stuff with veggie goodness, sealed up with batter, and then deep fried again for a second time. Indonesian street food at its finest...

And since we at Latitudes are oh-so-nice people, here is the recipe for you to try at home: