The True Meaning of Christmas

What is Christmas all about? Rhetorical question? No. Many people ask this sincerely because it has become increasingly more difficult to identify what is the real meaning of Christmas.  Photo courtesy of So, is it about the rampant commercialism we see in the many department stores of Jakarta? It seems everywhere you look there

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Celebrating Green Christmas

It’s the season many people look forward to the whole year: celebrating Christmas means family time, holidays, scrumptious food and possibly lots of presents. On the other one hand, one shouldn’t throw all principles over board just for the sake of celebrating. On the contrary, during this season of sharing and giving, we should still

The Season of Giving

The holiday season is upon us. It is a time when people are generally more kind and open-hearted, therefore this time of the year is also the season of giving. In and around Jakarta, there are many establishments that support charities and other organizations doing good throughout the year, but host special programmes and events

Discovering Christmas Traditions

Christmas is celebrated around the world in many different countries, each with its own traditions. NOW! Jakarta has reached out to a couple of embassies in Indonesia to ask them about the way they and their fellow countrymen celebrate Christmas. Hungary Hungarians take Christmas traditions seriously and although originally a religious holiday, customs and rituals

Welcoming the New Year

On 31 December, many people take the time to reflect on the past 12 months before ringing in the new year with the hopes of better times to come. While some like to spend this special day quietly at home, others look forward to celebrate New Year’s Eve in style. Here are some suggestions where

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