Monthly Highlights: September-October 2015

Each month, current ETAs are asked to share highlights of their activities at their sites. This month features ETAs from Group 1, located in Sumatra, Bangka, and Central Java. What follows is a sampling of how they got involved in their communities during the first full month at their sites. Magelang, Central Java, 1 September…

Siraman: The Indonesian Bachelorette Party?

Indonesians celebrate the day before a wedding a little differently than do most Americans. A few weeks ago, I had the opportunity to witness a Siraman ceremony, the traditional Javanese event that precedes a wedding. Siraman represents a physical and spiritual cleansing. It is not tied to any one religious tradition but instead to Javanese…