Ramadan Market


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Went to the Ramadan Market on Wednesday with the lovely Novia from my work to take some photos.

For those that don't know, it's currently the Islamic holy month, which means Muslims (of which there are a lot in Indonesia… it's the country with the world's biggest population of Muslims) fast from dawn until sunset… that includes not drinking any water (impossible in this heat, I couldn't do it), not eating any food and not getting up to any naughty business in the bedroom either.  All this sacrifice is supposed to teach the person patience, sacrifice and humility.

I don't even know what those things are.

Anyway, I'm getting impatient at explaining this very interesting cultural stuff to you people, so search it on Wikipedia yourselves.  I'm sure it will do a better job than me (is that humility?).

So, the markets are held so that people can stock up on yummy food to break the fast (different to breakfast, because they do it at night time), and there were all sorts of interesting things there.  Let me show you through the magic of photography.

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At Ramadan Markets, Jakarta




Well, I assume it was yummy. I didn't really try or buy anything because I was too busy weaving through the crowd and balancing my camera. Next time, perhaps.

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Oh, and a special note to those pestering me to update the blog… this is the second post this week, and I have managed to relocate to a foreign country. Seriously, readers, I love you, but you need to have a little bit of patience. Show me some love in the comments section instead. xx

4 Responses to " Ramadan Market "

  1. Sophie says:

    Wow amazing photos Ash! That food looks kinda crazee. What do you think the stuff floating in the red liquid in the bag is?
    I also had no idea they couldn’t drink water. Woah! Can they drink anything?
    Hope you’re having a ball! I hear you found an apartment. Nice 🙂

  2. Ashlee says:

    The red stuff is pickled vegetables I believe. The food did all look quite crazy!
    Yeah, they can’t drink or eat anything from sunrise to sunset… so they have a meal really early at like 3am or something, and then don’t eat or drink until 6pm. It’s an impressive feat… for a whole month!
    I’m thinking of trying it for one day before the end of Ramadan, just so I can say I have done it. We will see.

  3. Dee says:

    Hey Ash… im dying to find Pasar Ramadan in Jakarta, im indonesian but i dont know where it is ..lol..
    where did you take the picture? i wanna go there too (next year of course when the holy month comes). thanks

  4. Ashlee says:

    These pics were taken at a Ramadan Market which was set up just outside Pasar Benhill, not far from Semanggi.