Idul Fitri literally means no longer fasting — the return to normal days. Ramadhan is akin to the mythic Kawah Candradimuka — the mental and physical training ground of wayang (Javanese puppet show) hero Gatotkaca. Idul Fitri marks the first day of the other 11 months in which we apply all we have trained for on a daily basis.
It is less our day of vindication than the beginning of our real struggle in self-control, which we were trained to maintain during Ramadhan.
In the last several months Indonesia has been rife with hate speech, hoaxes, vandalizing of houses of worship, persecution of minorities and individuals, and recently bombings in a number of places.
Religion is interpreted to fit pragmatic political interests, disrupting our fraternity as fellow citizens, fellow believers, even fellow Muslims. Bombing victims have done no harm against the perpetrator...