Boy T. Harjanto
The sound of splashing water could be heard as someone entered the Umbul Pajangan natural swimming pool complex. Children were seen swimming and playing in the pool’s water. The scorching heat did not hinder visitors from coming from morning to afternoon.
The Umbul Pajangan pool, located in Saren village, Wedomartani district, Sleman regency, Yogyakarta, was thronged with visitors who wished to conduct the Padusan (bathing) ritual prior to welcoming the Ramadhan fasting month.
Padusan is an ancient tradition on Java. It is a symbol of purifying one’s body and mind before fasting during Ramadhan.
The natural pool has a clear spring and has been famous since 2010. The spring water is not only used for the swimming pool but also for irrigating surrounding rice fields. [yan]