Sunday, September 20, 2009

Bandung: Lebaran

Idul Fitri, or Lebaran, is the celebration at the end of a month of fasting during Ramadan. This is the biggest holiday in the Islamic year and it signifies the rebirth that takes place from a month of fasting. In the US you might not know this was happening, but here, the call to prayer sounds on loudspeakers throughout the city. On this day especially, the call to prayer is noticeable - it doesn't stop for a long, long time. I think we lost count at an hour and a half straight of the phrygian/atonal-sounding chanting. And the city comes alive with fireworks and people piling on trucks and vans with giant drums and beating them and shouting as they cruise around the city. I didn't get any pictures of that, but I did get the Bandung nightscape. If you look closely, you can see little fireworks going off near the middle of the shots:

This shot I did accidentally by moving the camera slightly while the long exposure was happening. It came out looking more than a little like musical notes:

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