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.