Whenever you sight the new moon (of the month of Ramadan) observe fast, and when you sight it (the new moon of Shawwal) break it, and if the sky is cloudy for you, then observe fast for thirty days.
These are the words spoken by Allah some thousands years ago. Some billions people are following them, and as Indonesia is the biggest muslim country in the world, many changes happen during these 30 days. Besides, fasting is a form of solidaraity to the poorest.
In these months I’ve learnt how to get used to very different cultural habits, I’ve always seen muslim people in Italy but never got close friendships with them. Now I’m lucky I can talk to so many people and learn their point of view; it’s surely a different way of travelling, and much better then taking pictures to statues.
Fasting starts in different dates in different countries, and every year it shifts some days backwards, because it depends on moon observation. In 2011 it will start on 1st august in Indonesia.
This is a summary of the rules to follow, taken from a conversation in a bar with some friends.
Locals are fasting and are perfectly healthy, so I decided to try joining them, althought surely I won’t last for a month.