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Indonesian Idul Fitri Dishes

Have you ever tried the traditional food served over Idul Fitri? This holiday, why not explore some of the delicious cuisine locals enjoy? If you’re worried about...

The Other Side of Ramadan: What Non-Muslims Make of the Islamic Holy Month

With around 87 percent of local Islamic residents celebrating Ramadan every year, others have no choice but to show respect. But what is it really like for non-Muslims...

Sahur On the Road Riots Shock Jakarta

Sahur on the Road (SOTR) has been marred with violence this year, with reports of assaults and even deaths as police and Muslim community leaders calling for calm....

The Ramadan Productivity Drop And How To Overcome It

The holy fasting month of Ramadan is a special time in Indonesia, with nightly celebrations and long days of devout reflection for Muslims and discrete respect from...

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Break Fast In Style: Jakarta’s Best Buka Puasa Meals

Ramadan is a special time of year in Jakarta. With the vast majority of the city participating in fasting, non-Muslim expats and locals are easily swept up in...

Transjakarta to Add Extra Buses During Ramadan Rush Hour

Bus operator Transjakarta will increase the number of buses running each day to accommodate residents in the capital for rush hour during the fasting month of Ramadan....

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Police Crackdown on Illegal Alcohol Sales Ahead of Ramadan

Ahead of the start of Ramadan next week, police across Indonesia have launched sweeps cracking down on illegal alcohol sales and ensuring a pious beginning to the...

Alcohol and Islam

During one period of my years in living in Jakarta, a favorite activity was my weekly visit to Pak Trisno, an elderly antiques dealer and former journalist with a...






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