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Jakarta Post

Embracing Idul Fitri

  • The Jakarta Post

Jakarta   /   Tue, June 4 2019   /  01:08 am

Reflecting: A man diligently reads the Quran. Ramadan is a time to grow closer to God. (JP/Wendra Ajistyatama)Every year, Muslims all over the world eagerly await Idul Fitri, a celebration that comes after a full month of fasting.For Indonesia, the country with the largest Muslim population, Idul Fitri is a time to celebrate renewed hope. Hundreds of millions of Indonesians travel thousands of kilometers every Ramadan.After returning to their hometowns, Indonesian Muslims gather with their loved ones. They also make cakes, decorate their homes and neighborhoods, donate money and shop to celebrate the holiday.Idul Fitri is also a time for redemption and forgiveness. During this celebration, Muslims ask for forgiveness and start anew to move on from the scars and wounds of the past.Minal aa’idin wal faa’iziin.Looking good: A woman looks at her husband as he tries on a peci (cap) at Gun...