Indonesian Muslims welcome Ramadan

6 May, 2019 12:00 AM printer

BANDA ACEH: From cleaning up relatives’ graves and sharing food with the poor to holding colourful torch-lit street parades, millions of Indonesians are getting ready to welcome the holy month of Ramadan in the world’s populous Muslim-majority country.

Ramadan begins on Monday, with devotees fasting from dawn to dusk until Eid celebrations marking the end of the holy month, reports AFP.

In the conservative province of Aceh, Muslim families break their fast by eating meat together and sharing the meal with the poor, in a centuries-old tradition known as Meugang.

As customers lined up in wait, butchers in the western province were busy at work, chopping bones and slicing meat.

“It’s a tradition that we must follow, I’ll cook rendang and eat with my family,” Ramla, who like many Indonesians has only one name, told AFP, referring to a popular beef stew.