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Non-Muslims in Indonesia say they also enjoy Ramadan

Non-Muslims in Indonesia say they also enjoy Ramadan

As the Islamic fasting month of Ramadan gets into gear, the Indonesian capital’s non-Muslims are also enjoying the particular perks of the period.
Rheza, 22, a programmer working in Sarinah, Central Jakarta, said that he enjoyed tajil, traditional sweet snacks eaten to break the fast.
"I love tajil, blewah, kolak and all the other treats," he told The Jakarta Post on Friday.
He said he also enjoyed the ease-up in congestion during fast-breaking time after 6 p.m., which allowed him to get home earlier.
Alini, 26, an employee of a private company, shared Rheza’s appreciation of the lighter rush-hour traffic.
"The traffic is more manageable. Also, people on trains are less aggressive during the fasting month," she said.
Indonesia, which has the largest Muslim population in the world, began observing Ramadan on Thursday.
During the holy month, Muslims are urged to do good deeds and to intensify the practice of Islamic religious rituals, and are obliged to fast from dawn until sunset.


Updated : 2021-09-18 11:41 GMT+08:00