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Jakarta Post

A time of togetherness at Jogokariyan Mosque

Wed, May 15, 2019   /   11:51 pm
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    Feast your eyes on this: The mosque staff alongside volunteers prepare iftar meals at Jogokariyan Mosque in Yogyakarta. JP/Boy T Harjanto

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    All ears: Children listen to a Ramadan sermon at Jogokariyan Mosque. JP/Boy T Harjanto

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    Tall order: A disabled volunteer helps distribute meals to visitors. JP/Boy T Harjanto

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    Street seats: As the mosque is too small to accomodate a huge crowd, volunteers sit on mats outside the mosque compound for iftar. JP/Boy T Harjanto

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    Mother of all festivities: A mother holds her sleeping son while enjoying a meal. JP/Boy T Harjanto

Boy T Harjanto

Tempeh, stir fried long beans, fried chicken and steamed rice might sound like a simple dish to make, but the task is tall when you have to prepare 3,000 plates of it.

On the first day of Ramadan, the staff and volunteers at Jogokariyan Mosque in Yogyakarta were busy long before an iftar (breaking of the fast meal) event.

Stacking plates upon plates of the dish, they were hard at work preparing for the evening. Lines of mats were rolled outside the mosque to accommodate a large number of visitors.

It has been Jogokariyan Mosque’s tradition since 1973 to provide free iftar every day throughout the Islamic holy month.

To add to the festivities, the mosque also holds a bazaar during Ramadan, offering grocery items at affordable prices.