Indonesians during Month of Ramadan…

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This year, Ramadan will be arrived in a matter of days (on May 26 approximately–which means today). The green attributes are installed in malls, restaurants, etc.. The ta’jil (read ‘takjil’) are made and served. Less work hours. Outdoors become very crowded, so as mosques–unfortunately it only occurred on the first week (for the mosque thing). And more. In this blog, I’m going to tell you unique things in Indonesia during Month of Ramadan.

  1. Sahur–waking people up and eating in early hours

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Sahur actually means eat in the early hours (endowed before dawn). This tradition is originally unknown, but it is still maintained until now. Conducted at 2-3 AM, some residents go around their own residence by carrying torches and percussion instruments such as kentungan (made from bamboo or hollow wood), empty gallons, small bedug (drum made from goatskin), etc.. Then they shout, “Sahur… Sahur…” Although it is disturbing for other residents who are still asleep, they do this so that those who running the fast can wake up and have sahur.

Usually, people do sahur in their own house while watching a lot of TV shows that will accompany them. And aside from entertaining, the TV shows can be their inspirations for doing their own activity from morning until evening.

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Sahur on the Road

There’s also an activity–which is as same as sahur–called Sahur on the Road (SOTR for short) that had been started since 2009. In this activity, volunteers distribute the food (usually rice box) for those who are less fortunate, and join them eating at the edge of the street. Unfortunately, according to some sources that I read, SOTR is actually not a sharing activity yet an entertainment activity–which can make authorities come and dismiss it.

  1. Ngabuburit–waiting the time for breaking the fast

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In Sundanese, ngabuburit means waiting for dusk. But for Indonesians, ngabuburit means doing activities that we like/love while waiting the time for breaking the fast, such as reading, taking a walk, watching TV shows/movies, etc.. Ngabuburit usually starts from 4 PM until (usually) 6 PM–depending on what time you will break the fast. And for your information, ngabuburit is rarely found in other Muslim countries yet Indonesia.

  1. Distributing ta’jil

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Ta’jil (عجّل) actually means a refreshment for the cancellation of fasting by eating/drinking something. But for Indonesians, ta’jil has a different meaning. Initially, ta’jil could only be found in mosque only. However, some communities, organizations, or institutions started to make ta’jil together and then, distribute them to people whom they meet on streets. Ta’jil in Indonesia can be vary, like spekkoek (a type of Indonesian layer cake; in Bahasa we called lapis legit), gruel (food consisting of some type of cereal–oat, wheat or rye flour, or rice–boiled in water or milk; in Bahasa we called bubur sumsum), ice jelly, kolak (an Indonesian dessert based on palm sugar or coconut sugar, coconut milk, and pandanus leaf), etc.. A shape of harmony and a wonderful sense of togetherness. If only my country always like this every day.

  1. Breaking the fast (together)

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After the sound of bedug, time for breaking the fast begins. Usually, they start it with drinking then eating meals that had been served. Also, this activity serves as a place to stay in touch with old friends/relatives/co-workers. However, they must do the Shalat Maghrib (have a west prayer) after breaking the fast. And, for your information, most people do this at outdoors (like malls, restaurants, streets, etc.).

  1. Tarawih (تراويح)

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This event is only available in Month of Ramadan and mostly found in Muslim countries–especially Indonesia. You can call it either ‘teraweh’ or ‘taraweh’ because it has the same meaning as ‘tarawih’. In this event, you will be read about 23 raka’āt (ركعات; read: raka’āh) and at the end of tarawih, some children will gather around the priest to ask for his autograph in their Ramadan Agenda.

  1. Shopping
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Usually during Month of Ramadan, people’s purchasing power will be increased thanks to the THR (Tunjangan Hari Raya; in English Religious Holiday Allowance) they receive before going back to hometown or taking holidays. And because of this, they will straight buy all things for the preparation for Eid Mubarak.

  1. Mudik–going back to hometown

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Like ngabuburit, mudik is rarely found in other Muslim countries yet Indonesia. Usually, near the end of Month of Ramadan, most Muslim families will start packing and go to their hometown in the next day to reunite and stay in touch with their own families. Usually, they use public or private transport–depending on the situation. But certainly, the roads between provinces will be very jammed compared to the roads in the capital city, Jakarta.

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Happy Fasting for my Muslim friends! 🙂

Well, those are the unique things in Indonesia during Month of Ramadan. Hope you guys like it! What are the unique things during Month of Ramadan in your country? Tell me in the Comment Section!

 

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RIP Justice! (est. May 9 2017)

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I feel like I must post this on my blog…

Two days ago, Indonesia–especially Jakarta citizens–were made shocked by a verdict that DKI Jakarta Governor Basuki Tjahaja Purnama (nicknamed Ahok) was sentenced behind the bars for two years long after being found guilty of blasphemy incident at Kepulauan Seribu, North Jakarta. This verdict is exactly heavier than a result from the public prosecutors where Ahok was arrested for a year with two years probation (read more). On the other side, a leader of Islamic Defenders Front (FPI for short) Habib Rizieq (ever heard of him?), who always makes controversies among Indonesia citizens especially the minorities, does not sentenced in a jail for two years like Ahok–he does not even on trials at all.

 

What a shame! Religion has become a major weapon in determining people’s fate and that religion is the majority one in Indonesia, Islam–which is the extremist and racist one. I wonder what is on their head? When it is the minorities turn to be humiliated, they angry but they do not exaggerated. But when it is their turn to be humiliated, they straightly exaggerated–and held a big demonstration on a street. I mean… can you guys help the minorities finding their sins? If you can, please tell us–honestly!

And this is your reply? Hullo…

Also, you guys are so ethnocentric, are not you? How can Indonesia develop into a country that people desire if you guys are intended to Islamize Indonesia? Does Indonesia only belongs to you? Please… open your eyes!! There are minorities here and they still love living in Indonesia.
Many foreign medias (like CNN) had been preaching this incident since yesterday. Other than that, foreign citizens who have already lived in Indonesia for years also had expressed their disappointment on their social media. If this continue, then Indonesia will be tarnished in the internationals’ eyes–it may be even discussed in the United Nations (well… it already discussed). Moreover, as an Indonesia citizen, I swear that I will change my citizenship just because I can not stand of their kid-like behaviour.

Now, what we only can do is waiting for the final decision from the government. Will they save Ahok and reestablish justices? And if they do not grant the wish, then… Indonesia is doomed. Ethnocentrism wins the game, people! This lovable country finally turns into ‘dust’ due to the injustices.

What will you tell for our children and grandchildren in the future?

If you guys–especially Indonesia’s students who enters the Faculty of Law–want reestablish justices, one-sentence message from me.

Bring back justice, resist them, renew their minds, for a better Indonesia!

That is all from me and forgive me for my bad writing (because I am the weakest at politics and laws). #iambeinghonest

#saveahok

#justiceforahok

#ripindonesiajustice

#adilihabibrizieq

#bubarkanfpi

 

credits: pictures mostly from line statuses and news mostly in Bahasa

It’s April Fools’, Folks!

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Here cometh April again, and as far as I can see the world hath more fools in it than ever. — Charles Lamb

Today is April 1 2017, which means that the world is–celebrating April Fools’ Day. It is an annual celebration where people are playing practical jokes and spreading hoaxes. The jokes and their victims are called April fools. People playing April fool jokes expose their pranks by shouting, “April Fool.” Although it had popular since the 19th century, this day is not a public holiday in any country–especially mine, Indonesia.

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This (unofficial) celebration originated in France when the Gregorian calendar was introduced by King Charles IX. Instead of the New Year’s celebration starting on April 1, as they had done previously, it was moved to January 1. For those who still continued to celebrate the New Year in spring–or simply forgot–became the butt of tricks and jokes, and were called Poisson d’ Avril (meaning ‘April Fish’ in French). It was so much fun that it had spread all over the world and people played tricks on everyone, not just the people who did not accept the new calendar.

Even the gods love jokes. — Plato

Here, I have the top three popular April Fools’ Day from around the world.

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The first one is the spaghetti-tree hoax–a three-minute hoax report broadcast on April 1 1957 by the BBC current affairs programme Panorama. The report was showing a family in southern Switzerland harvesting spaghetti from the family ‘spaghetti tree’, but it was relatively little known in the UK so that many Britons were unaware that it is made from wheat flour and water. The viewers started contacting BBC for advice on growing their own spaghetti trees. Decades later, CNN called this broadcast was “the biggest hoax that any reputable news establishment ever pulled”. Click here for more.

Watch this video if you are (still) curious 🙂

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One of the Taco Bell’s ad in the US newspaper on April 1 1996

The next one the “Taco Liberty Bell” which was played by Taco Bell Corporation (the fast food restaurant chain) on April 1 1996. Taco Bell took out a full-page advertisement in seven leading the US newspapers, announcing that the company had purchased the Liberty Bell and renamed it into “Taco Liberty Bell”. Thousands of people had called Taco Bell Corporation and the National Park Service before it was revealed at noon (still the same day) that the story was a hoax. Click here for more.

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And the last one–which happened last year–is a new feature in YouTube called SnoopaVision. This new feature lets you watch every YouTube video in 360 degrees–with Snoop Dogg. It is simple! Click on the little Snoop Dogg icon underneath a YouTube video, and you go into 360-degree mode, with Snoop Dogg sitting somewhere around you. Fun, is not it? If you (still) do not believe me, watch below!

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“We nailed it, bruh!”

Everyone agrees that April Fools’ Day is really a fun day for throwing jokes to your relatives/friends. It can make them releasing their own stress and feel happier than before. It can also maintain your relationship with your relatives/friends/other groups. If they laugh because of your jokes, it will create a warm atmosphere between you and your interlocutors.

On the other side, April Fools’ Day is not 100% positive. If you are beyond the limit, your jokes can be a humiliation for them. Your jokes also can be diluting the authority of a person. And, your jokes can also make them envy of you. Remember! Not all person in this world will appreciate your jokes entirely.

For me, it is okay to fool people around with your jokes everyday-especially every April 1−unless that your jokes do not go beyond the limit. I am afraid that it will affect to your relationships with others, and you will be humiliated in your society.

I hope life isn’t a big joke, because I don’t get it. — Jack Handey

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Mathematics, A Must or Not?

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When you hear about “Mathematics”, what is the first word that popped up in your mind? I bet most of you will say “I HATE IT!!” or you will get a sudden headache–or anything else that I can’t describe here (please comment below). But, really… I want you to remember these words.

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“There’s no life without Mathematics–unless you live in Mars without doing anything.” – Shannon (est.2017)

I mean, you had gotten this lesson since you’re in kindergarten level which are the introduction to natural numbers and learn how to arrange those in order. Very basic, obviously. Then in primary school level, you will learn about Mathematical various operations like addition (+), subtraction (-), division (÷), and multiplication (×). Also, you will get introduced to Mathematics short-narrative text which is useful to learn solving problems. And in high school level, you will get introduced to the very new level of Mathematics that will make you to use your logical thinking to solve complex problems–like Sociology for example.

But, here’s the reality. Most people (worldwide) really hate this lesson and Mathematics become the most frightening school subject since the difficulties are increased from ‘this level’ to ‘that level’, so it makes you headache and can’t focus on the studies.

Mathematics makes you learning new symbols and formulas that will make your brain “Can’t take it anymore!” and compel you to memorize them for perfect score. Once you forget one/two symbols and/or formulas, the world around you will be wrecked–especially when you are having a Mathematics test.

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Few of Mathematics symbols and formulas–like logarithm, calculus, matrix, limit, etc.–will not be used in our daily lives. Including me, I don’t know what are the purposes learning those–especially when it comes to logarithm. So, learning Mathematics is just a waste of time.

But, look at the bright side! Like I said before, Mathematics helps you solve problems, especially in your daily lives. By practicing the Mathematics short-narrative text, your brain will be more improved so you can easily solve the problems around you.

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Mathematics also helps you making decisions–by using your logical thinking. If you understand the basic concepts, you will get easily finish the ten most difficult questions from your teacher. So, in your daily lives. Make sure you make a decision that will direct you to the better path.

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And do you know that Mathematics is actually the main gate to every school subjects that enclosing calculus–like Physic, Chemistry, Economics, and Accountancy? Each of them just a development of Mathematics and like I said before, understanding the basic concepts is a must. So, if you really like Accountancy but you really hate Mathematics, I think you are a weirdo.

I think people (worldwide) must remove their negative sides about Mathematics and start thinking the positive sides about it. If you really understand Mathematics, I’m sure that you can teach your children/grandchildren aggressively. People around you are also you can teach aggressively, especially those who lack in educations.

Also, if you really want to understand in Mathematics, I suggest you have to beg your Mathematics teachers to teach you more clearly. Why? Because teachers are actually the most highly respected figures in school. It’s very important for them to give the positive energies and unique teaching methods to students so that they can learn keenly. If not, then you are in a very big trouble, dude.

So, let’s try to love Mathematics more for your better future! I’m 100% assured that there’s nothing afraid from Mathematics, they are not monsters that will eat your brain anyway. Hihihi..

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ps.: sorry for the bad grammars, guys 🙂

source(s): (in Bahasa)