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Thekiantra Morriston
Published: 25 Apr 2022

The tradition of eating together in Indonesia, from which tribe?

Hi neighbors! Indonesia is famous for its ethnic diversity. It is undeniable, the diversity among us produces its own uniqueness compared to the traditions of other countries. However, like our country's motto "Different but still one" there is a unique habit that we all share, for example the tradition of eating together. The main purpose of this tradition, of course, is to strengthen the ties of brotherhood which is very important for social beings. This time I will discuss some of the traditions of eating together in Indonesia.

makan Bajamba

Makan Bajamba

This tradition comes from the land of Minangkabau, West Sumatra. Eating Bajamba is usually done during Muslim celebrations. The Bajamba meal will begin with a lively party with performances of traditional Minangkabau music. This tradition is held to evoke a sense of togetherness.


Ngariung Sunda

Eating together in Sundanese tradition is already familiar to most Indonesian. By spreading banana leaves through rows of people sitting cross-legged, Nasi liwet and side dishes are served on top. Ngariung itself in Sundanese means "gathering".

makan bersama di Bali

Megibung Bali

This Balinese tradition was originally used by the king of the Karangasem region to communicate and exchange ideas with his soldiers. The attendee will usually sit together in a circle consisting of 8 people per team. The food is served in the center of the circle and is shared with each other.


Rijsttafel is an eating habit introduced by the Dutch during the colonial period. "Rijst" means Rice, while "Tafel" means Table. In the past, the Dutch would invite guests to dine together and showcase the diversity of "exotic" Indonesian food served on the table with rice.


In the modern era Prasmanan is better known as Buffet. This tradition was introduced by the French colonizers to forced laborers in the past. In the past, food would be displayed on long tables and workers would take their own food. At present, the buffet is used by several food establishments. The buffet is also divided into 2, All you can eat and pay according to the food taken.

Those are some of the traditions of eating together in Indonesia. For more unique knowledge visit our Blog and stay tuned on our Social Media Instagram and Twitter. Cheers Neighbors!

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