Muslims walk along Jalan Mayjend Soetoyo in Kebumen, Central Java, on Wednesday to participate in the Idul Fitri prayer in the town square. (JG Photo/Yudha Baskoro)

Idul Fitri in 'Little Aceh'

BY : YUDHA BASKORO

JUNE 05, 2019

Hundreds of Muslims gathered in the town square of Kebumen in Central Java on Wednesday morning for a mass prayer to celebrate Idul Fitri, marking the end of the fasting month of Ramadan.

People started gathering in front of the offices of the district head at around 5.30 a.m. before making their way to the right side of the square to line up for the prayer. Kebumen district head Yazid Mahfudz, better known as Gus Yazid, is also an imam.

The town is known as "Little Aceh," because of its 167 Islamic boarding schools and 299 madrasas. There is also a place in the town center, near the grand mosque, where Muslim scholars live and study Islam. It is therefore not unusual to see men wearing turbans and women wearing the niqab, or veil.

Women and girls making their way to the town square for Idul Fitri prayers on Wednesday morning. (JG Photo/Yudha Baskoro)
Women and girls make their way to the town square for Idul Fitri prayers on Wednesday morning. (JG Photo/Yudha Baskoro)
Women sit on mats during the Idul Fitri prayer. The town square is reserved for praying, while those unable to participate, such as menstruating women, roll out mats nearby for a picnic afterwards. (JG Photo/Yudha Baskoro)
Women sit on mats during the Idul Fitri prayer. The town square is reserved for praying, while those unable to participate, such as menstruating women, roll out mats nearby for a picnic afterwards. (JG Photo/Yudha Baskoro)
A street trader selling balloons and children's toys near the town square. (JG Photo/Yudha Baskoro)
A street trader selling balloons and children's toys near the town square. (JG Photo/Yudha Baskoro)
Women wearing colorful robes wait to perform the Idul Fitri prayer. (JG Photo/Yudha Baskoro)
Women wearing colorful robes wait to perform the Idul Fitri prayer. (JG Photo/Yudha Baskoro)
A child listens to the sermon. Muslims in Kebumen start receiving religious education from a young age. (JG Photo/Yudha Baskoro)
A child is distracted during the sermon. Muslims in Kebumen start receiving religious education from a young age. (JG Photo/Yudha Baskoro)
Some worshippers struggle to stay awake, having celebrated 'takbiran' all night long. (JG Photo/Yudha Baskoro)
Some worshippers struggle to stay awake, having celebrated 'takbiran' all night long. (JG Photo/Yudha Baskoro)
An old man prays while sitting down. (JG Photo/Yudha Baskoro)
An old man prays while sitting down. (JG Photo/Yudha Baskoro)
A woman plays with a baby during the sermon. The Idul Fitri holiday is traditionally a time to spend with family. (JG Photo/Yudha Baskoro)
A woman plays with a baby during the sermon. The Idul Fitri holiday is traditionally a time to spend with family. (JG Photo/Yudha Baskoro)
Idul Fitri is also a time for Muslims to maintain friendships through 'silaturahim,' or establishing compassion, by seeking forgiveness from each other for past wrongs. (JG Photo/Yudha Baskoro)
Idul Fitri is also a time for Muslims to maintain friendships through 'silaturahim,' or establishing compassion, by seeking forgiveness from each other for past wrongs. (JG Photo/Yudha Baskoro)

 

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