A 54-year-old man living in Malang regency, East Java, has a peculiar name called Slamet Hari Natal, which means Merry Christmas. He was named so by his parents because he was born on Christmas day.
Born on December 25, 1962, Slamet confirmed his name, being quoted by tribunnews.com on Tuesday. To prove it, he showed his ID card and family card, which read his name as “Slamet Hari Natal”.
“It was supposed to be Selamat Hari Natal, but because we are Javanese, it became Slamet,” he said.
He said his name came from the midwife, named Akas Kiyo, in Tumpang, Malang. The midwife, who was Christian, suggested the name Selamat Hari Natal to his parents. Although his parents were Muslims, they decided to accept the suggestion but instead changed it to Slamet, which is a common Javanese name.
“They said they didn’t want to think hard about the name, and they had that name ready, so they accepted the suggestion,” he said.
He has one sister named Mujiati.
Although his name is Slamet Hari Natal and he is a Muslim, he said he never received any criticism from his neighbours. “No, never. We practice tolerance here,” he said.