One of the most exciting of the coming of Ramadan is the moment of breaking the fast together or we mostly dubbed as bukber (buka bersama). It is so exciting, it is not uncommon for our bukber schedule to crawl along the fasting month.
Indonesia has the largest Muslim population in the world today. Ramadan is one of the important moments for the communities.
Collectivity and hospitality are the core values that Indonesian people always celebrate throughout Ramadan.
Because of this strong tradition, sometimes when you look at the bukber schedule on our calendar it feels very tight. There is elementary school's bukber, middle school friends' bukber, high school friends' bukber, college, offices, and not to be missed with your big family.
Though it looks simple, the bukber tradition has an important role to play in maintaining our friendship with people we know. Bukber can bring us together with people we haven't met for a long time due to our busy life.
There are some places acrosss Indonesia that let people celebrate their bukber with special tradition. Mostly it is held in mosque, born from collectivity in communities.
The Jogokariyan Mosque is a special place for residents in Mantrirejon, Yogyakarta, to break their fast. In this mosque, almost every day the mosque is pampered with various menus with processed meat.
Beef, curry, and tongseng, are kind of dishes prepared by the mosque administrator to bukber. Don't ask for the number of servings available. Thousands of dishes are prepared for the worshipers of the mosque and the community.
It should also be noted that the Jogokariyan Mosque has been carrying out the tradition of bukber since 1973. This mosque was once surrounded by many paddy fields which that supplied a lot of food. The mosque management and residents made the opportunity to hold a bukber at the mosque.
As time goes by, the paddy fields have turned into dwellings. But the tradition at the Jogokariyan Mosque persists. Even later Jogokariyan provided up to 2,500 servings of breaking fast menus. The difference is that those who join in there are already dominated by students from outside the city.
Darussalam Mosque is a special place for Bubur Samin. This is a special dish that only exists during the fasting month.
Bubur Samin is an idol at Darussalam Mosque. The dominant taste with spices with meat and vegetable is a magnet for worshipers to bukber in that place.
The mosque administrators even prepare 50 kg of rice every day to serve this dish for worshipers who are not only from local residents, but also from other cities.
In the Al Mashun Grand Mosque, Medan, Bubur Sop Melayu is the belle. It is said that this is the porridge of the kings. This history adds to the appeal of this meal.
Mosque cooks provide at least 1,000 servings every day. And talking about the taste, this porridge is rich in spices. In the hands of experienced cooks, the congregation have to making lines since 3 pm.
Reportedly this tradition has existed since 1909, to satisfy the tastes of Sultan Makmun Al Rasyid Perkasa Alam Syah, leader of the Deli Sultanate.
Slightly shifted to Aceh. The Meugang or Makmeugang tradition is a typical tradition of bukver which was greatly influenced by the Aceh Sultanate.
This tradition of eating Meugang meat-based meals with the family ahead of fasting. This tradition is celebrated not only in people's homes, but also in offices.
Acehnese celebrate this tradition by sacrificing sacrifices such as goats or cows in every Ramadan. The number of victims is not half-hearted, it can be up to hundreds!
The many types of celebrations bukber in Indonesia are proof that our country is so culturally rich. Especially with the identity of the majority of the population as Muslims, the bukber tradition that emerged also varied in each region.
And this doesn't happen only in the regions. In fact, in urban areas, the bukber tradition might be more relevant.
Life in city is so fast and dynamic, meeting face to face can be a difficult thing to do. But with this event, there is at least one good reason for someone to strengthen the relationship back with colleagues, relatives, friends, and of course the family, as communities across Indonesia always have.