Posts Tagged ‘public holidays’

The slaughterhouse 12

December 8, 2008


Goats started to line the streets in the week leading up to Idul Adha. Tied on short leads to fence posts, and feeble.

The smell of manure mingled with the stench of the city in the heat of the day, as the goats breathed in the spluttered smoke of bajaj, kopajas and other fuel-inefficient vehicles.

The goats disappeared this morning.


My own private Idul Fitri

October 2, 2008

A friend of mine was scandalized to find that I will only have two days off for this year’s Idul Fitri’s holiday.

“How could they do that to you? It’s an important religious event for you! How cruel of them!” she said, indignant on my behalf over the telephone.

I started to tell her that it’s perfectly understandable.
I work for a newspaper, and a newspaper isn’t like a government office where they have two days of joint leave prior to the Idul Fitri holidays proper, plus one extra day off on Friday because it’s a Harpitnas, the National Sandwiched Day, a work day squeezed between a holiday and the weekend. (And don’t get me started with the habit of some, if not most government officials to extend their vacation up to a week after they are supposed to get back to the office.) (more…)