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Millennials in command of Laweyan's Ramadan Village

Ganug Nugroho Adi

The Jakarta Post

Surakarta, Central Java  /  Thu, May 23, 2019  /  11:37 am
Millennials in command of Laweyan's Ramadan Village

A piece of fabric with Quranic passages as part of the batik Quran workshop at Laweyan village, Surakarta, Central Java. (JP/Ganug Nugroho Adi)

Dozens of teenagers in Laweyan village, Surakarta, Central Java, have been busy since the start of Ramadan in early May, preparing for Kampoeng Ramadhan Laweyan (Laweyan’s Ramadan Village). Held in an area known for its heritage buildings, Laweyan’s Ramadan Village has been held annually since 2017. “The idea came from the youth, mostly students of junior and high schools, so they make up most of the organizers,” village head Yuyuk Yuniman told The Jakarta Post on Sunday. For one whole month, Laweyan residents and teenagers from all parts of Surakarta can participate in pesantren kilat (Islamic boarding school lessons for children), a batik Quran workshop (writing Quranic passages onto a piece of fabric) and Islamic competitions, as well as visit Ramadan bazaars and the Laweyan Mosque. “The oldest mosque in Surakarta is located in Laweyan. Built ...