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Hey I was wondering, if April Fool's Day is broadly observed in Indonesia, and why it is called "April Mop" in Indonesian? What does that even mean?
Kris...In all the time I have been in Indonesia I must say that April Fool's Day has not been a big event. So, is it observed, I do not really know the definitive answer on that...maybe, but if it is then it seems small scale..."April Mop", I also do not know...Hopefully, there are readers of my humble little blog that might be able to provide some insight for both of us on this one!
I guess it's possibly because it is absorbed from Dutch language where the word "Mop" means "Joke", and surely after 350 years being here, the Dutch did leave some bits and pieces here and there. Including the term, April Mop.My two cents only.
OK, I haven't had any luck yet asking Indonesian friends... anyways, I was preparing a blog entry on April Fool's Day, and came across this entry, confirming my hunch that it was probably not widely followed in Indonesia: http://ngantor.blogspot.com/2007/04/april-mop.html . One friend also told me "itu ikut2an orang bule aja"... well looks like it...
Good call on the Dutch! I also thought about it, but instead of looking it up in a dictionary, as I should have, I only scanned the Dutch Wikipedia article on 1 aprilgrap... dank je wel...(Yes they did leave a lot, including the tendency in expressing a lot of Latinate words in their Latin form, such as universitas, serius, notaris etc., and to render internationalisms ending in -ion in -asi, as in Dutch -tie, for instance komunikasi, which most likely is a borrowing from the English despite the Dutch ending...)
Indonesischblog:... not to mention, gratis ...:D
Thanks one and all...I learned a little something new today!
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