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Diverse Muslim communities revel in Idul Fitri in different ways in East Java

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Tuban, East Java   /   Wed, June 5, 2019   /  02:55 pm
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Some volunteers distribute alms to poor residents at the Muhdor Mosque in Sidomulyo subdistrict, Tuban Regency, East Java on Tuesday. Sidomulyo subdistrict is an area where people of Arab descent in Tuban resides. (JP/Apriza Pinandita)

Muslims in Tuban regency, East Java, hit the road on Tuesday evening to welcome Idul Fitri. Takbiran (recitation of Allah is great) in the land of walis (saints) was made to be remarkable.

Starting off at 7 p.m. from the town square  across the Regent’s Office, the convoys of 125 vehicles and participants from government institutions, schools, state-owned companies and organizations began to chant the takbir, serenaded by other surrounding mosques and sparkling fireworks from the town square. “I hope that through this moment, peacefulness, togetherness and harmony in Tuban is upheld,” said Tuban Regent Fathul Huda in his speech before sending off the convoys. Inside the town square, people packed the night market that offered many kinds of goods and entertainment, from mini playgrounds to food s...