Posts Tagged ‘ramadan’

Mass exodus

September 29, 2008


Jakarta starts to empty.

As traffic flees, change is in the air. The people pulang to celebrate Idul Fitri with their families. The city’s roads become unstuck and the smog clears — it is time for new beginnings.

Selamat Idul Fitri.

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I’m too sexy for this porn bill

September 18, 2008

It looks like the anti-pornography bill that conservative parties in Indonesia have been trying to get passed, in various forms, over the last few years is going to make it this time round. It’s being hailed by its supporters as a gift to the people during the holy month.

The civil libertarians are up in (probably uncovered) arms about it. So, it’s going to affect tourism, impact on the rights of women, criminalize victims of prostitution and contravene human rights legislation. It could potentially outlaw poetry, works of art, literature — and bikinis in Bali. 

Blah-di blah blah, I say.


Ramadan repressed

September 10, 2008

Millions of Muslims are fasting in this holy month of Ramadan. Even for those of us who are not fasting here, in Jakarta, Ramadan is still omnipresent.

There is a sense of piety floating in the air at my office, and when the call to prayer marks that it’s 6 o’clock, there are bolts to the kitchen to grab the mountains of food stowed away in the fridge. The joy of breaking the fast can be heard from the other side of the office in laughter, singing and exaltation. But… (more…)

Ramadan nostalgia and resistance

September 9, 2008

It’s Ramadan! It’s the fasting month! The month when you can see dehydrated Muslims walking with empty stomachs, but with contentment in their faces. One month of ‘jihad’, of Muslims struggling to be closer to God by refraining from drinking, eating, having sexual intercourse and negative feelings such as anger, greed, and envy from dawn to dusk. In the end, the promise is to be clean from all sins, as pure as a new born baby.