Welcome Back to Bali

This is an annual interesting phenomenon. Before the celebration of the Eid, many Muslim communities are going home to Java, their home land. So, the queue of homecoming people will seem quite long. Other than at the Ngurah Rai Airport, at the Gilimanuk harbor is also crowded. Queue of vehicles can reach tens of kilometers.

This is an annual interesting phenomenon. Before the celebration of the Eid, many Muslim communities are going home to Java, their home land. So, the queue of homecoming people will seem quite long. Other than at the Ngurah Rai Airport, at the Gilimanuk harbor is also crowded. Queue of vehicles can reach tens of kilometers.

During the Eid holidays, Bali will look more tranquil. Highways usually thronged by vehicles show very much reduction. Moreover, it remains in a holiday condition. Civil servants and employees of bank are on holiday. Offices and banks are closed. Schools are on holidays. Some stores also closed as being left by the owner or their employees are going home to Java.

For Balinese, those who are not originating in Bali are always called the Javanese of from Java. Perhaps, they may not be Javanese ethnic but originating in the Sundanese, Minang, Batak, Sasak ethnic and so forth. They may not originate from Java but from Sumatra, Sulawesi, Papua and so forth. Generalization of Java refers to Balinese word joh or doh equally meaning far.

The markets also look quiet. In some areas, the crowds are also largely determined by the merchants from Java and so are the supplies of commodity such as bananas, coconut, fruits and meat. No wonder, coinciding with the Eid, many Balinese people even dither because the supply of the commodity is broken off, not to mention the informal merchants that are now dominating. They get involved in the sector of food, snacks and other informal employment. Do not expect to find many barbershops open during this Eid holiday period. You will be very difficult to find it.

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Similarly, the workers in construction sector like buildings, roads and other projects are almost dominantly Javanese. When they are going home, the roars of the engine also get stalled. Foreman of projects is often confused during this period especially approaching the deadline of project completion. Everything depends on migrants, almost all lines of life.

What an interesting fact it is! How long will Bali continue to depend on migrants? Of course, it will highly depend on the willingness of Bali itself in determining to minimize it. It is not a question of ethnocentric, primordialism or whatever they are called, but merely an issue of how long Balinese humans can fulfill their life and can start to live independently. Thus, the government’s role should also be present. All the rules and resources must be optimized to break away from the dependency. It cannot be broken off instantly but must be done slowly. Thus, the agriculture, livestock, informal skill and selling ability should be learned from our colleagues from Java.

Up to these days, there have been no indications of doing such measures. So, if they are going home and appealed not to come again, or at least do not bring along friends when coming back to Bali because Bali has been already overcrowded, seems useless. Welcome back to Bali!



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