This Friday is the eighteenth day of the Muslim community in my country running the fasting month of Ramadan. Fasting is done from dawn which is called Subuh until the full sunset sun is called Maghrib. Fasting is done by not eating or drinking at all during the specified time, as well as not to think, speak bad things, or behave negatively.
If we are on the road in the afternoon a few hours before Maghrib, then we will see or feel how people try hard to get home to break their fast with family at home, or with friends, or with other groups. During the fasting month, usually, there are always many invitations to do such a joint iftar event which is not only done by fellow Muslims but also with other religious people.
In addition, there are also people who carry out various activities whose purpose is to spend time to break their fast. In Jakarta or in certain areas, especially West Java and Banten, this activity is called Ngabuburit, which is a term from Sundanese (the language of West Javanese and Bantenese people) which means seeking amusement and distractions while waiting for the day’s fast to end.
As far as I know, fasting is also part of the worship of other religions even though the rules and procedures are different. I myself did not carry out fasting in that worship, but also often did it for other spiritual intentions. For me, fasting means refraining from indulging in any form of lust, which means more than just not eating and drinking for a certain amount of time, which also means that it needs to be done forever. Moreover, scientifically such fasting also provides many benefits, both for physical and psychological health.
The photo above is a picture that I took when I wanted to attend an invitation from a relative who lived in the suburbs. I could feel various atmosphere before breaking fast on that day; those who want to get to their destination immediately, those who are Ngabuburit, those who prepare drinks and food to be served to break their fast, whether at home, at the mosque or at other places.
Have you ever fasted for any reason?