Eid in JakartaSaturday, September 10, 2011
Due to the different perspective of how to determine the first day of Syawal, there were two different days of Hari Raya (Eid-ul Fitr) in Indonesia. Despite the fact that most countries would have it on Tuesday, 30 August, the Ministry of Religious Affair declared that it fell on Wednesday, 31 August.
Since I had it on Tuesday, I had an opportunity to cover the Eid prayer on the next day. I used this opportunity to test my Canon G-12.
Together with my friend, Andi, who offered me a ride, I head to port of Sunda Kelapa, where there was a big mass Eid prayer held. The city highway was quite empty. It took less than half an hour to reach the port.
As we arrived few minutes before the prayer was started, I still got a change to take pictures of people coming to the yard, and of course, the “Tukang Koran,” someone who sold old news papers to be used as a base of prayer mat. These were pretty much the common scenes on every Eid prayer in Indonesia.
The prayer begun at seven. I set the camera sound to silent so as not to be heard and distract the people.