Indonesian Man Born on Christmas Day Named Merry Christmas

2016 December 30

An Indonesian man from East Java was named Slamet Hari Natal (Merry Christmas), by his parents as he was born on Dec 25, 1962.

“Yes, that’s my name,” he told while he showed his ID card that shows his name as "Slamet Hari Natal".

"The man's mother gave birth to him with the help of a Christian midwife, in Malang, and suggested his parents to name him Selamat Hari Natal, the Indonesian Christmas greeting", according to Jakarta Post.

His parents accepted the suggestion, and tweaked his first name to Slamet. "Slamet" is a common Javanese name and means "safe".

“They said they didn’t want to think hard for the name, and they had that name ready, so they accepted the suggestion,” Slamet said.

Although being a Muslim, he said he never received any criticism from his neighbors towards him or his name "Slamet Hari Natal.

“No, never. We practice tolerance here,” he said. 

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