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Jakarta Post

Christmas is coming to town

Tue, December 27, 2016   /   01:48 am
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    Maintaining balance: Viktor climbs the metal pole that has been shaped into a Christmas tree to arrange bottles at the Pasundan Christian Church in Depok, West Java. JP/ Donny Fernando

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    One by one: Samin, 69, patiently fixes a rattan benchin the Jakarta Cathedral in Central Jakarta. JP/ Donny Fernando

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    Busy time The Christmas committee at the Jakarta Cathedral started preparing Christmas decorations on Monday. JP/ Donny Fernando

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    Feeling Generous: Many shops offer discounts to attract people who want to shop before Christmas. JP/ Donny Fernando

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    Reused waste: The Christmas committee at the Pasundan Christian Church needed 5,000 to 6, 000 bottles to build the Christmas tree. JP/ Donny Fernando

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    Dear God: Churchgoers pray in front of the Pieta statue at the Jakarta Cathedral. JP/ Donny Fernando

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    White Christmas: It took three days to finish the mineral water bottle Christmas tree. JP/ Donny Fernando

Viktor looked busy as he scaled the metal pole to put mineral water bottles into a shaped wire structure. Viktor, a member of the Pasundan Christian Church in Depok, was so excited to see the result of the church community’s hard work – a tall Christmas tree made of mineral water bottles.

“We built a Christmas tree made of mineral water bottles to remind people about global warming,” Viktor said, adding that the 10-meter-tall tree was built using 5,000 to 6,000 mineral water bottles.

In the center of the capital city, the Christmas committee of the Jakarta Cathedral began preparing decorations for Christmas Mass on Monday.

Samin is a regular face who can be seen at the church ahead of major religious festivities. The 69-year-old said he had been hired to maintain the rattan pews over the past eight years.

Near the back row of the pews, a number of parishioners solemnly prayed in front of a replica of the Pieta Statue, undisturbed by the Christmas preparation activities.

A stronger Christmas ambiance might be found in shopping malls across the city, welcoming shoppers who want to buy gifts for loved ones. Mall Ciputra in West Jakarta, for example, gives visitors a feast for sore eyes with a 30-meter-high Christmas tree.

Merry Christmas! Best wishes for the coming year.


Photo and Words by: Donny Fernando