From the corner of our bedroom, we get an almost-270° view of Jakarta. Rain dots the windows from the storm earlier. A discordant blanket of prayer fills the night. Tonight the city’s skyline is all fireworks; flashes of light, long streamers trailing through the air, precede candy starbursts everywhere you look. Some are silent, expending their energy in layer after layer of light travelling away from their core, into the sky. Others punctuate the muezzins joyfully. Some look like they’re just under my window; others are tiny novas of faraway galaxies. Red, gold, green, hot white, green and yellow, blue… In the distance, heat lightning flashes occasionally.

I took a few videos, and a few pictures, but I don’t have the patience to slowly figure out the difficulties of the shot, not tonight, when the fireworks are so exuberant. I can’t do it justice in a hurry. One building off to the right just released a brief orgy of sparks, 30 seconds of pure glee. So I’ll just wish you were here, the people I love, and sit back and enjoy the show. Eid Mubarak; Selamat Hari Raya.


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