Suriname is home of the largest Muslim community in Americas and they are representing with two major organizations.
Ramadan ( sometimes spelled Ramadhan ) is a holy month of Islam and ended at 18th August 2012 this year. S.I.S. ( Stichting Der Islamitische Gemeenten In Suriname ) is one of the biggest Muslim organization in Suriname and represents mostly Javanese Surinamese Muslims. Javanese Surinamese are an ethnic group present in Suriname since the late 19th century, whose first members were selected by the Dutch colonizers from the former Dutch Indies. Some of their descendants live today in the Netherlands.
| S.I.S. ( Stichting Der Islamitische Gemeenten In Suriname ) decided to start celebrating year 2012’s Eid-ul-Fitr ( or also spelled as “Eid-ul-fitr”, Eid al-Fitr, Id-ul-Fitr, or Id al-Fitr ) with an open air, night worship at Suriname’s most popular, multi religous, multicultural famous place Independence Square ( AKA Onafhankelijkheids Plein ).
Mr. Sofan Kasto from S.I.S. was very busy while organizing decorations, latest things and other stuffs.
Javanese Surinamese Muslims arrived to Independence Square ( AKA Onafhankelijkheids Plein ) with their families. Children were so happy while freely running and playing on Independence Square.
Their worship started with Iftar. Iftar is refers to the evening meal when Muslims break their fast during the Islamic month of Ramadan. Iftar is one of the religious observances of Ramadan and is often done as a community, with people gathering to break their fast together. Iftar is done right after Maghrib (sunset) time. Traditionally, three dates are eaten to break the fast, in the tradition of the prophet Muhammed, who broke his fast in this manner.
I saw many newly married couples stopped at Independence Square for a photo session to memorize their important day traditionally. I already included few frames of them to my slide show.
This open air, night worship on Independence Square in Paramaribo was the first time in their history in Suriname. I know my post late but my time was so tight while shooting in other assignments. Two more posts from Eid-ul-Fitr 2012 are on the way.
My post includes 76 photos. I captured all Javanese Surinamese Muslims’ Worship At Last Day of Ramadan 2012 in Paramaribo photos with my Nikon D2Xs while using sort of lenses ;
- Carl Zeiss Makro-Planar T* f/2 100mm ZF.2 manual focus lens.
- Nikkor 35mm f/2.0D AF
- Nikkor 50mm f/1.4D AF
- Sigma 10-20mm F4-5.6 EX DC
All photos converted from NEF (Nikon’s RAW format) to JPG and resized with Capture NX2 in batches without any manual touch.
Hope you like it. All the best,