CENTRAL JAVA, Indonesia (RNS) — Every year as Ramadan approaches, those who live on the slopes of Mount Merapi and Mount Merbabu honor the dead in a deeply rooted Javanese tradition called Nyadran, bringing food offerings to their families’ burial sites and visiting relatives and friends, Christian or Muslim.
Sidorejo villagers load tenongs onto a truck to transport them to a cemetery. RNS photo by Agoes Rudianto A Muslim woman prepares food for Nyadran in Sidorejo village in Central Java. RNS photo by Agoes Rudianto
Visiting family members leave flower petals on the grave of a loved one during the