An island part of the Riau Archipelago in Indonesia but geographically nearer the country of Singapore, the Batam Island is a small but busy island city in the province of Sumatra. It is the fastest-growing tourist spot in Indonesia. Often touched by its Westerner visitors, the island is far more modern than most regions in Indonesia. But even though outside it appears receptive to modern changes and development, the underlying forces behind the culture and festivals in Batam Island are still predominantly conservative Muslim, echoing the religious beliefs, culture and practices of other Muslim countries.
For instance, the religious festivals in Batam Island completely uphold the principles of Islam. Indonesia, after all, is the largest Islamic country in the world. And Batam Island observes quite a number of religious festivals in the country. So if you’re thinking of visiting Batam Island and you would like to plan your vacation around their festivals, read on to learn more about the most colorful festivals in the island, religious or otherwise. [Read more…]