Saturday, 20 June 2015

Ramadhan of Wong Jowo or Javanese in Indonesia

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Majority of Wong Jowo or Javanese in Indonesia is moslem, so almost Javanese fasting. Ramadan is the ninth month of the Islamic lunar Muslim calendar that relatively the same as Javanese calendar. During strict fasting is observed in daylight hours, begins on 18 June this year and ends on the evening of 17 July. Many Muslims try to give up bad habits during Ramadan and some will pray more or read the  Qur'an.

One tradition for Wong Jowo before fasting is
punggahan; it is such kind of mandatory bath self  purifying that held a day before fasting. The other Javanese culture for fasting for Wong Jowo is break-fasting together in mosque.
The practice is intended to help teach Muslims self-discipline, self-restraint and generosity. It's common to have one meal (known as the suhoor) just before sunrise and another (known as the iftar) directly after sunset.

Those who are not required to fast during Ramadan are non-Muslims, young children, the sick or those with mental illnesses, travellers, the elderly and women who are menstruating, pregnant, breast-feeding or have recently had a baby.

During Ramadan, every part of the body must be restrained. The tongue must be restrained from backbiting and gossip. The eyes must restrain themselves from looking at unlawful things. The hand must not touch or take anything that does not belong to it. The ears must refrain from listening to idle talk or obscene words. 

The feet must refrain from going to sinful places. In such a way, every part of the body observes the fast.
Therefore, fasting is not merely physical, but is rather the total commitment of the person's body and soul to the spirit of the fast. Ramadan is a time to practice self-restraint; a time to cleanse the body and soul from impurities and re-focus one's self on the worship of God.


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