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Buddhist temple provides free iftar meals

  • A. Muh. Ibnu Aqil

    The Jakarta Post

Jakarta   /   Sat, May 11 2019   /  12:03 am
Cross-community: Muslims break the fast at an event hosted by the Kim Tek Le Vihara Foundation at Petak Sembilan, Jakarta, on Wednesday. The foundation prepared 200 food packages for low-income people living around the vihara.(JP/Wendra Ajistyatama)(JP/Wendra Ajistyatama)

Cross-community: Muslims break the fast at an event hosted by the Kim Tek Le Vihara Foundation at Petak Sembilan, Jakarta, on Wednesday. The foundation prepared 200 food packages for low-income people living around the vihara.(JP/Wendra Ajistyatama)The sight of worshipers shuffling about and praying, surrounded by the red candles, aromatic incense and lanterns that adorn the iconic Dharma Bakti temple in Tamansari, West Jakarta, is a common one.However, the scene at the famous Buddhist temple and popular tourist destination transforms completely on every afternoon during Ramadan, when dozens of people gather at its front yard to prepare iftar (breaking of the fast meals).As the adzan (call to prayer) was heard on a rainy Thursday afternoon, worshipers and temple employees and volunteers quickly distributed takjil (breaking of the fast snacks) consisting of water, dates, kolak (sweet dess...