What Do You Say on The First Day of Ramadan in Indonesia? The Wishes and Meaning

In Indonesia, when several days before Ramadan, we can already start to feel the vibe. Most of Indonesian people are Muslim. Once a year in Lunar Calendar, they have to do fasting.

In this article, we will discuss about what to say on the first day of Ramadan in Indonesia. There are many things that you can say, and you will learn about it below.

Several Phrases to Say on The First Day of Ramadan in Indonesia

Several days before Ramadan, in Indonesia we can already start to feel and see Ramadan vibes. Most of public places started to decorate the room using poster and other visual related to Ramadan. Even in television, the ads also will be different.

Month of Ramadan is a holy month for Muslim. It is something that they wait from a long time, especially because at the end of Ramadan they will celebrate their feast day. Even the Ramadan month itself is something really worth to be celebrated for.

There are many things you can say on the first day of Ramadan in Indonesia. Here, we will give you several common phrases that Indonesian people say:

  • Selamat puasa / selamat berpuasa / Selamat menunaikan ibadah puasa

All of those phrases have the same meaning, “happy fasting”. People say this a lot because in Ramadan, all of Muslim people have to fast. Fasting is the main task for Muslim people in Ramadan.

  • Selamat menunaikan ibadah puasa Ramadhan

This sentence has the same vibe with selamat berpuasa or happy fasting. We only add detail so the translation in English will become “happy Ramadan fasting”.

  • Mohon maaf lahir dan batin

Ramadan is a holy month. To be able to fast properly, Muslim people have to sincerely pray and cleanse their heart from unnecessary feeling and sin. Ramadan is the perfect time to apologize to people and start the healthy relationship with other people.
As a result, people apologize and forgive each other. They say “mohon maaf lahir dan batin” as a sign that they sincerely and wholeheartedly want to apologize.

  • Marhaban Ya Ramadhan

This sentence is actually Arabic sentence. However, this is a popular sentence in Indonesia. It means “welcome Ramadan”. People say it to show that they happily welcome Ramadan the holy month.

Read more about how to congratulate in Indonesian for other occasions.

Fasting in Indonesia

When fasting, Muslim people in Indonesia cannot drink and eat from morning (around 4 am) until evening (around 6 pm). Although not all of Indonesian people is Muslim, the majority of the people is Muslim. In result, most of the restaurants will close at lunch time. Several restaurants will still be open, however most of them will close their windows.

Fasting month in Indonesia is very unique and valuable. People will pray a lot more than other months. This is an important time, so people usually say “happy fasting” because it is something big to be celebrated.  

Indonesian Other Related Sentences to Say on The First Day of Ramadan

If you want to say more meaningful and long sentences to express Happy Fasting on the first day of Ramadan, you can google it and found it easily. Most people in Indonesia use beautiful sentences and sent it to close friends or family.

Here, I will provide you several common sentences that Indonesian people say on the first day of Ramadan translated from tribunnews.com:

  • Alhamdulillah, kita bertemu lagi dengan bulan puasa Ramadhan, bulan penuh mutiara hikmah. Ini semua berkat nikmat-Mu ya Allah. Semoga Ramadhan ini kita bisa lebih baik dari Ramadhan sebelumnya.

Alhamdulillah, we can meet again with the fasting month of Ramadan, a month full of wisdom. This is all thanks to Your blessings, Allah. Hopefully this Ramadan can be better than the previous.

  • Esok adalah harapan, sekarang adalah pengalaman, kemarin adalah kenangan. Yang tak luput dari kekhilafan mohon maaf lahir dan Batin. Semoga Ramadhan kali ini bisa lebih baik dari Ramadhan tahun lalu. Aamiin.

Yesterday is history, tomorrow is a mystery, today is a gift. As a human, we make mistakes. For that, I want to apologize truly and wholeheartedly. Hopefully this year Ramadan can be better than last year Ramadan. Amen.

Read more about other Indonesian quotes:

That’s the explanation on what do you say on the first day of Ramadan in Indonesia. I hope the information will be helpful. Thank you for reading.