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

A Muslim family visits a grave as part of the annual Javanese Nyadran tradition prior to Ramadan. RNS photo by Agoes Rudianto

Visiting family members leave flower petals on the grave of a loved one during the

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