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Ramadan for Non-Muslims: An Etiquette Guide

Ramadan for Non-Muslims: An Etiquette Guide

There are 7 billion people in the world. And a full 22% of them — 1.6 billion — are fasting from sunup to sundown. Every day. For an entire month. It’s Ramadan, the holiest month of the Muslim calendar. But what if you’re not a Muslim — just a caring, considerate person. Is there anything […]

Gay Couple in Indonesia Face Caning for Having Sex

Gay Couple in Indonesia Face Caning for Having Sex

Marzuki, the Shariah police’s chief investigator, said Saturday that residents in a neighborhood of the provincial capital, Banda Aceh, reported the men, aged 23 and 20, to police on March 29.

5 Tips to Enjoy Nyepi in Bali

5 Tips to Enjoy Nyepi in Bali

Balinese Hindu will celebrate the Saka calendar’s New Year’s Day, also known as Nyepi (Seclusion Day), by refraining from doing worldly business. They believe the Nyepi day creates and keeps the balance of nature.

During Nyepi, which will fall on March 21, Balinese Hindu will have to follow the four abstinence rules known as Catur Brata Penyepian. They consist of Amati Geni, or abstaining from creating fire or light, Amati Karya, or abstaining from work, Amati Lelungan, or abstaining from traveling outside their homes, and Amati Lelanguan, or abstaining from enjoyable activities.

Foreign Tourists Flock to Bali for Spiritual Comfort

Foreign Tourists Flock to Bali for Spiritual Comfort

Increasing number of foreign tourists drawn to the Indonesian tourist resort province of Bali occurs as the island offers spiritual comfort besides its innate beauty, a tourism observer stated.

Muslim Women Making Waves And Breaking Stereotypes

Muslim Women Making Waves And Breaking Stereotypes

Oumaima Erhali is a 17-year-old Moroccan woman determined to surf. She’s part of a generation pushing boundaries in a country where many believe a surfboard is no place for a young Muslim woman. But Oumaima won’t let stereotypes hold her back from the sport she loves or the life she wants to lead.

Lusty Tourists Defile Holy Site in Bali

Lusty Tourists Defile Holy Site in Bali

Residents of a village in Bali are planning to conduct a purification ceremony to cleanse their temple after catching an Estonian couple engaged in a sex act inside, a village official said on Thursday.