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Jakarta Post

Ramadan Togetherness in Malioboro

Mon, May 20, 2019   /   04:05 pm
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    A banner on Jl.Malioboro invites people to enjoy free iftar. JP/ Boy T. Harjanto

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    People lay out floor mats on which people will break the fast. JP/ Boy T. Harjanto

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    Organizers prepare meal boxes and water for iftar. JP/ Boy T. Harjanto

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    The free meal boxes are prepared for fasting Muslims and Malioboro visitors. JP/ Boy T. Harjanto

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    People wait patiently for the maghrib (sunset prayer) call to prayer to break their fast. JP/ Boy T. Harjanto

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    Two foreign visitors pass through Malioboro. JP/ Boy T. Harjanto

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    Bentor (motorized three-wheeled pedicab) drivers wait to break their fast. JP/ Boy T. Harjanto

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    Visitors pass the breaking-of-the-fast area. JP/ Boy T. Harjanto

Boy T Harjanto

Approaching dusk, people appear to be busier in Malioboro – a tourist area in Yogyakarta where visitors can shop at street kiosks.

During Ramadan, however, business is slightly different. Several people are seen laying out floor mats while others prepare meal boxes and hot sweetened tea.

On the side of the road in Malioboro, there is a big banner that invites people, from locals to foreigners, to enjoy free iftar.

Around 250 meal boxes – containing rice and side dishes – are prepared for iftar to show their solidarity with fasting Muslims during Ramadan. [yan]