Sholat Idul Fitri, Purwokerto

pohon mangga di kampung The mango trees in Suroto’s mother’s kampung (village) are loaded, providing one of the pleasure of life there, with unlimited mango asem and spicy/ sweet sambal, as well as one of the nuisances, with mangos constantly falling to the street and in yards, splattering their juice on the ground or denting the tops of heads.

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Hari Raya Idul Fitri, the end of Ramadan, marked the beginning of the Indonesian Lebaran holiday, and was a fantistic experience for me. I spent the week in Purwokerto, a few hours East of Bandung and West of Jogyakarta in Java.

One of the more interesting events for me was the prayer on the morning of the first day of Lebaran, the Sholat Idul Fitri. Masses gather at mosques all around, but the largest gathering occurs each year at the Alun-Alun, the large field in front of the town’s government center and central mosque. This is the tradition all around Indonesia, in every city or town. We woke at 5:30 in the morning to make our way there, finding a parking place for Suroto’s motor bike in the crowd. He donned his prayer mat and topi, and I stayed as inconspicuous as possible towards the back of the crowd.

white clothes sholat idul fitri

The traditional clothing worn by women when praying made a sea of white, a massive wave sweeping across its surface as everyone bowed down in unison. After the formal prayer, however, the sea erupted in color as the coverings were taken off.

after prayer sholat idul fitri

3 Replies to “Sholat Idul Fitri, Purwokerto”

  1. andy: wonderful use of text and photos. I want more words. More on the Alun-Alun ……..I can’t even ask any questions; because of the ignorance /no knowledge of the ‘services’ you had the chance to see. Tell us please.

  2. Well Ted, thank’s you called at my room a couple days ago with friend of yours, Rini Tarigan to Indonesia Parliamentary Building in Jakarta. I’ve been working there for 2 years. And I’m very pleased to know you that you gave me your card. You also can speak Indonesia very fluently, amazing. Ok, this is the first time for me look inside your web, and I found an article about Purwokerto. You know, my mother & father were born and grew up there. At least once a year I try to visit my home village. The scene is very beautiful, you should enjoy it. Uuuhh what a pity, you will move to China soon after this christmas. If you’ll stay any longer, it’ll be nice enjoying the natural scene there.
    Ok, Ted…I hope we’ll stay in touch after this,.

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