Boy T Harjanto
On the first day of Ramadan, dozens of people swam and bathed in the pool of Pathok Negoro Mosque on Jl. Plosokuning in Sleman regency, Yogyakarta.
The mosque was constructed between 1757 and 1758 under the initiative of then-Yogyakarta sultan, Sri Sultan Hamengku Buwono I.
Cleansing oneself in the pool, also known as padusan, is a long-standing ritual to welcome the Islamic holy month at the decade-old mosque.
The COVID-19 pandemic has apparently not affect this tradition, as evidenced in these photos. The mosque even holds tarawih (evening Ramadan prayers) despite the government’s suggestion of praying at home to curb the spread of the virus. [yps]