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Ramadhan in Oz

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!

Ramadhan in Australia
We live near the UNSW campus in Kingford area, New South Wales, Australia. This area is known as the area where Asian students, including Indonesian students, live. Therefore, we have a lot of Moslem neighbors. There are also a lot of kelompok Pengajian and Taman Pendidikan Al-Quran (TPA). During Ramadhan, these groups coordinate buka puasa and shalat tarawih bersama once a week, usually on weekends.
On these occasions, usually mothers coordinate the various dishes, the young people provide rice and the fathers provide fruits and drinks. The menu consists of Indonesian traditional food and cakes. On the day of the event, we invite a speaker to give a sermon. Sometimes we also attend Buka Puasa bersama at the Indonesian consulate. We always look forward to these occasions because then we can satisfy our longing for home.
The Indonesian foundation in Australia creates Lebaran cards that we can buy and send to our family in Indonesia. The most popular ones are the ones with the picture of Sidney Opera House and Harbor Bridge, cause they depict our whereabouts. Several days before Eid al Fitr, we collect Money for zakat Fitrah to be sent to Indonesia and poor Moslem countries.

On eid al Fitr, we go to the UNSW campus to attend the Eid Pray. The sermon is conducted in English, because it is also attended by students from other countries such as Bangladesh, Egypt, Pakistan, Malaysia and Singapore. After praying, we shake each other's hand, ask for forgiveness and take pictures. After that, we visit friends who hold open-house celebrations in their apartments and the conssulate for silaturahim.
It is great to experience Ramadhan in Australia. true, there are no firecrackers nor meriam sundut explosions. There is no adzan from the mosque to wake us for sahur either. But here, we try to preserve our ukhuwah and tauhid between us. And what's more, we feel like are one big family!
Told by Ali in New South Wales, Australia