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Ramadhan in Different Atmospheres

Marhaban ya Ramadhan! Without our realizing it, the fasting month is upon us once again. As the month of sin burning, Ramadhan is eagerly awaited by Moslem all around the world. In Indonesia, Moslems have their own unique tradition in carrying out the fasting and in celebrating Eid al Fitr (Idul Fitri). How about in other countries? We asks some Indonesian students, who are studying in USA and Australia about the fasting month and Eid al Fitr in those countries. Here are the stories.

Breaking My Fast with Goat Milk

I live in Denver, USA. At this time of year, it is winter, so the days are shorter then nights. On average, we start our fast at 5AM and finish it at 4:50 PM. Of course it is different for other time zone (USA is divided by 4 time zones). But the differences are not very significant, regardless of where you live.
When it's time to break our fast, we go to the mosque to do it with others and pray tarawih together. Because most of the Moslems here are Arabs, they are usually the ones who coordinate the occasion. They serve goat milk (Yuck) and goat rice (or Nasi Kebuli in Indonesia).
On Eid al Fitr, we go to the mosque to attend Eid pray. There are a lot of Moslem living in USA. So, at this time, when the mosque is full, some of us have to pray in the parking lot! For the same reason, the pray is conducted twice or three times. The first one is conducted at 7:30 and the second one usually at 9 or 9:30.
Usually, Indonesians who have a family (and have a house) take the initiative to have an open house celebration. They make Ketupat, Gulai, and other Indonesian traditional food. Permias (Indonesian Student Association) also usually holds a halal bihalal for all school areas per state. And they yearly rotate the host of Lebaran.
Told by Rima, in Denver, USA