Note: I have already typed this post once, but a misplaced click sent it off into oblivion. Touch screens are nice…. Sometimes. The second time around I am getting wise and typing in Word first.
Today marks the month-iversary of my being in Indonesia. Fittingly, it is also an unexpected holiday. I was informed yesterday after school that class today, Wednesday September 23, has been canceled so that observant Muslims (a.k.a. most of the population of Pangkal Pinang) can prepare for Idul Adha tomorrow.
Idul Adha is also known as the Feast of the Sacrifice because it celebrates Abraham’s willingness to sacrifice his son at God’s command. It is also a day of — what else? — animal sacrifices and subsequent feasting. In the past couple of weeks people have been stocking up on everything from goats to sheep to chickens to cows (but not pigs). My school will be sacrificing a cow on Saturday, though I am excused from this particular cultural activity.
In addition to sacrifices, Idul Adha is also about visiting neighbors, showing love to family and friends, and eating copious amounts of desserts. I am all in for this part of the holiday and bought fixings for PBJs so that I can take small sample sandwiches American-style for my neighbors to try tomorrow.
In the meanwhile, I have been keeping a very low profile today. I have a painfully sore throat and feel generally lethargic, so I’ve been resting and drinking lots of water. I also figure that I will take this opportunity to work on the backlog of blog posts that I want to write, starting with pictures from Bandung. Though orientation feels like it was a long time ago, the pictures are still worth sharing.