It’s Ramadan…

The month of Ramadan, the islamic month of fasting, began on the night of my birthday, July 31.  During this month, followers of islam will fast from about 4:00am until sundown at 6:00 pm.  Really devout followers will not even swallow their own saliva but spit it out.  So far each night the mosques are busy until about 10:30 or so.  And they’ve been much louder than they usually are which means we can hear them up on the hill here.  Up until this point there has not been a mosque built up here.  Thankfully…

For muslims, Ramadan is like Christmas.  It’s a season.  They give gifts and eat lots of great food at Idul Fitri which is the day the fast is broken.  They also visit all their relatives and friends and eat with them.

This is a poster that is hanging in the local supermarket.  Pocari Sweat is an energy drink.  It says, “Make your liver pure during the month of Ramadan.”  “Drink Pocari Sweat when you eat your last meal before fasting and when you break the fast.”  Love the pure looking young man in the photo….

In another Ramadan related note, I drove by the entrance to the pr*stitute village today on the way to Jayapura and couldn’t help but notice that they have a large banner hanging over the entrance declaring that during the month of Ramadan you get a 70% discount…

In a lot of the grocery stores I noticed that the workers are all wearing matching traditional muslim garb whether they are of the faith or not.  I never felt Ramadan was all that noticeable here until this year…  things are changing…


About Erica Feunekes

Myself, my husband Hugo and our five kids live and work in Sentani, Papua, with Mission Aviation Fellowship.
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