Fasting in the month of Ramadan in the midst of the Covid-19 pandemic is indeed very different from how it has always been. This difference is especially felt in countries whose citizens are predominantly Muslim, such as Indonesia.
Several activities during Ramadan, such as praying tarawih in congregation and breaking the fast together, could not be done to avoid being infected with the virus originating from Wuhan, China.
So what about Indonesian Muslims living in Mexico? How do they perform the fast in the midst of the pandemic?
While the Covid-19 outbreak made Ramadan in Indonesia so different, the situation in Mexico is peculiar.
In the opinion of several Indonesian citizens living in Mexico, fasting in the midst of the Covid-19 crisis made them feel more comfortable during this year's Ramadan. This is because the sanitary situation forces them to stay at home, which makes it easier for them to fast.
"Usually you have to go to the office, you get thirsty, thirsty in the midst of people who are not fasting. Alone at home, it is more comfortable," said Eni Sulistyaningsih, an Indonesian Muslim who lives in the City of Mexico.
Eni Sulistyaningsih, Indonesian citizen residing in Mexico City (Photo: Private)
The same was expressed by Anisyah Destrayanti. According to Anisyah, who is married to a Mexican, the Covid-19 epidemic, which forces many people to work from home, is a blessing for the family.
This is because it is a little difficult for her husband to attend tarawih prayer in congregation, as he is almost always late home from his office. But now that this year's Ramadan is celebrated at home, it is possible to perform tarawih prayers at home with the family.
Anisyah and her family breaking the fast (Photo: Private)
As for food and breaking the fast in the middle of the Covid-19 outbreak, admitted Hartono Wijaya, a citizen who lives in Ciudad Victoria in the state of Tamaulipas, Mexico, he found it difficult to get some foods such as vegetables, fruits and meat.
Many supermarkets are closed, and you are concerned about leaving the house. To overcome this, one of the solutions he has resorted to is buying online.
Hartono Wijaya and his family (Foto: Private)
Although fasting has been more comfortable this year in Mexico, the changes brought about by the Covid-19 outbreak are not yet over for Indonesian Muslims living in the country of the hat.
One of these changes is the elimination of breaking the fast together, which is a routine for Indonesian citizens in Mexico City during the month of Ramadan.
Anisyah says that on weekends during Ramadan, she and her family used to meet other Indonesian citizens to break the fast together and make friends. That has changed. "Usually we make typical Indonesian snacks like compote, bakwan, mixed ice and others for bukber," he said.
The same was expressed by Eni. Eni said she was sad that the routine of breaking the fast together with other Indonesian friends in Mexico could not be carried out this year.
Despite the declared comfort, openness in community is one of the customs of Indonesian citizens living abroad that has changed due to the pandemic.