HOW TO DIVE IN STRONG CURRENT

Some of the best dives are in locations that are subject to strong currents. With currents, come food in the form of plankton. In turn, the food attracts small fish, which attract larger predatory fish and animals and so the cycle continues. This creates a diverse ecology. Rather than getting worried about currents, read on. The following tips and tricks will ensure you get the most out of your diving by not missing out on some spectacular current prone dives and, most importantly, stay safe.

Nusa Lembongan and its bigger sister, Nusa Penida, known as the haven for divers. The dive sites around two islands might have strong current and requires skills to conquer.

Here are some tips to deal with this kind of sites:

  1. Planning and Briefing
  2. Decide If You’re Going With or Against the Current
  3. Keep Low, Get Streamlined and Weight Correctly
  4. Decide What Gear to Take
  5. Final Considerations
  6. Stay safe, if you are without experience its best to dive with an experienced guide

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MOLA- MOLA, THEY ARE BACK!!

We are so excited this year, seems that our big stars of the season are arriving earlier this year, hope they stay here with Us longer

Mola ramsayi, known commonly as the southern ocean sunfish, southern sunfish . Mola ramsayi has a relatively small mouth and its teeth fused into a parrot-like beak. It can reach up to 3.3 m (11 ft) in length. Their body is flat and round, with large fins that they swish back and forth to propel themselves with as they swim horizontally. Their skin has rough denticles, leathery texture, with brown and gray coloring with pale blotches until death when they turn white.[ Both mola species have no caudal bones, ribs, and pelvic fins and have fused vertebrae, leaving only their median fins to propel themselves. It can be recognized from the Mola mola by their lesser number of ossicles and lacking the vertical band of dentifrices at its base.

They consume a large amount of jellyfish, as they are in vast amounts despite their low nutritional content, but they will also eat brittle stars, small fish, plankton, algae, salps, and mollusks.

Mola ramsayi is found in the southwest Pacific, especially around Australia and New Zealand, and the southeast Pacific around Chile. Its range also extends to the southeast Atlantic near South Africa. This species is found in pelagic-oceanic temperate waters.

During the months of June and October, depending when the water temperature drops, this Amazing creature come to the Nusa Penida & Lembongan reefs to get clean. An unique opportunity to encounter this rare species.

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BENEFITS OF YOGA WITH SCUBA DIVING

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We want to share with all our friends this interesting article from Sara-Lise Haith explaining  how much beneficial can be the practice of Yoga for a better and healthier scuba dive experience

Budding scuba divers, or even old timers that sometimes go into meltdown just before entering the water can experience difficulty breathing during an entire dive.  Not only is this potentially harmful to your body but it is difficult to find that relaxation point.

Yoga can teach you many techniques and exercises designed to slow your breath and relax your body. Remember, if you calm your breath you will calm your mind and body and your dives will be longer and more enjoyable.  With yoga training you can learn to visualize each stage of your dive, and through increased training you will develop self awareness and notice how your breathing changes and try and keep your breathing slow and relaxed with an extended exhalation as you imagine the dive unfolding.

Yoga and scuba diving hold synergies as they are both ways to practice a fuller and more complete life by venturing out into another existence, and dive operators are advertising more and more well-being experiences as symptoms of unhealthy lifestyles become more evident through medical statistics.  The various breathing techniques you learn in yoga, such as ujjai or pranayama can affect your breathing behavior in other activities and give you a tool to fall back on in physically or mentally challenging situations, like being 30 meters below in low visibility water

Check our offer of combined activities in here and see which suit you best.

Planet Nomadas Paradise,Flexiblity in Your Daily

Developed in India thousands of years ago, yoga has become an increasingly popular form of exercise around the world. Yoga is an ancient form of exercise that focuses on strength, flexibility and breathing to boost physical and mental wellbeing. The main components of yoga are postures (a series of movements designed to increase strength and flexibility) and breathing.

What Yoga benefits to your health? Here are the 10 of them:

  1. All-round fitness.You are truly healthy when you are not just physically fit but also mentally and emotionally balanced..
  2. Weight loss. With regular practice of yoga, we tend to become more sensitive to the kind of food our body asks for and when. This can also help keep a check on weight.
  3. Stress relief.A few minutes of yoga during the day can be a great way to get rid of stress that accumulates daily – in both the body and mind.
  4. Inner peace.We all love to visit peaceful, serene spots, rich in natural beauty. Little do we realize that peace can be found right within us and we can take a mini-vacation to experience this any time of the day!
  5. Improved immunity.Our system is a seamless blend of the body, mind and spirit. An irregularity in the body affects the mind and similarly unpleasantness or restlessness in the mind can manifest as an ailment in the body.
  6. Living with greater awareness.The mind is constantly involved in activity – swinging from the past to the future – but never staying in the present.
  7. Better relationships. A mind that is relaxed, happy and contented is better able to deal with sensitive relationship matters.
  8. Increased energy. A few minutes of yoga everyday provides the secret to feeling fresh and energetic even after a long day.
  9. Better flexibility & posture. Regular yoga practice stretches and tones the body muscles and also makes them strong. It also helps improve your body posture when you stand, sit, sleep or walk.
  10. Better intuition.Yoga and meditation have the power to improve your intuitive ability so that you effortlessly realize what needs to be done, when and how, to yield positive results

There are several types of Yoga that you can choose to suit you fitness, here are the 14 kinds of them you might know

In Planet Nomadas new concept ,the Yoga activity represent its line of play, feel and relax .The guest can enjoy the spacious yoga studio to practice and learn some of Yoga types such as Vinyasha and Hatha, Check this for descriptions and bookings.

Plastic Problems and What We Can Do

Plastic problem is undoubtedly an issue since many years and will be without our consideration of using and disposing it. As we know that plastic doesn’t break down like natural materials – it doesn’t go away, it just goes from being a floating bottle to tiny plastic particles that are easily eaten by fish and other marine species or simply spread even further afield. A single one-liter bottle could break down into enough small fragments to put one on every mile of beach in the entire world.

While most plastics are touted as recyclable, the reality is that they’re “downcycled.” A plastic milk carton can never be recycled into another carton — it can be made into a lower-quality item like plastic lumber, which can’t be recycled.

The horrific fact about accumulated plastic waste in North of Pacific sea is ready to read here

What we can do is making a small change start by ourselves, reducing our dependency on plastic especially in the part that we don’t really need them see  here for all 37 ideas

 

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Problemas  Con Plásticas y Qué Podemos Hacer

El exceso de plástico es, sin duda, un problema desde hace muchos años y seguira siendo sin contar con nuestra consideración de usarlo y como desacernos de el.

Sabemos, que el plástico no se descompone como otros materiales naturales. Que no desaparece, simplemente pasa de ser una botella flotando a convertirse en partículas de plástico diminutas que son fácilmente consumidas por los peces y otras especies marinas. Una sola botella de un litro podría descomponerse en pequeños fragmentos suficientes para poner uno en cada kilometro de playa en el mundo entero.

Aunque la mayoría de los plásticos se promociona como reciclables, la realidad es que están “compuestos por varios materiales.”

Un envase de plástico para leche nunca se puedra reciclar en otra caja de carton, solo se puede convertir en un elemento de menor calidad como madera plástica, que no puede ser reciclada.

Para saber mas sobre el horrible hecho sobre residuos de plástico acumulado en el norte del océano Pacífico, leer aquí

Lo que podemos hacer para empezar el cambio nosotros mismos, reduciendo la dependencia de plástico , ver aquí

 

SEAWEED FARM

Seaweed farming is the practice of cultivating and harvesting seaweed. In its simplest form, it consists of the management of naturally found batches. In its most advanced form, it consists of fully controlling the life cycle of the algae. The main food species grown by aquaculture in Japan, China and Korea includeGelidium, Pterocladia,[1]Porphyra,[2]andLaminaria.[3]Seaweed farming has frequently been developed as an alternative to improve economic conditions and to reduce fishing pressure and over exploited fisheries. Seaweeds have been harvested throughout the world as a foods ource as well as an export commodity for production of agar and carrageenan products..Seaweed farming began in Japan as early as 1670 in Tokyo Bay.[2] In autumn of each year, farmers would throw bamboo branches into shallow, muddy water, where the spores of the seaweed would collect. A few weeks later these branches would be moved to a river estuary. The nutrients from  the river would help the seaweed to grow.[2]

In the 1940s, the Japanese improved this method by placing nets of synthetic material tied to bamboo poles. This effectively doubled the production.[2] A cheaper variant of this method is called the hibi method — simple ropes stretched between bamboo poles.

Several environmental problems can result from seaweed farming. Sometimes seaweed farmers cut down mangroves to use as stakes for their ropes. This, however, negatively affects the farming since it reduces the water quality and mangrove biodiversity due to depletion. Farmers may also sometimes remove eelgrass from their farming areas. This, however, is also discouraged, as it adversely affects water quality.[10]

Seaweed farming helps to preserve coral reefs[11] by increasing diversity where The algae and seaweed have been introduced and it also provides added niche for local species of fish and invertebrates. Farming may be beneficial by increasing the production of herbivorous fishes and shellfish in the area.[12]Pollnac et al. (1997b)[13]reported an increase in population after the start of extensive farming of Eucheuma seaweed in villages in North Sulawesi, Indonesia.

Seaweed culture can also be usedto capture, absorb, and eventually incorporate excessive nutrients  into living tissue. “Nutrient bio extraction” is the preferred term for bioremediation involving cultured plants and animals. Nutrient bio extraction (also called bio harvesting) is the practice of farming and harvesting shellfish and seaweed for the purpose of removing nitrogen and other nutrients from natural water bodies.[14] (See main article Nutrientpollution.)

And in Nusa Lembongan and Penida is common to meet these structures are combined with the wonderful scenery along the coast.

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CULTIVO DE ALGAS

El cultivo de algas o alguicultura es una forma de acuicultura que se preocupa del cultivo de especies de algas. La mayoría de las algas cultivadas caen dentro de la categoría de microalgas, entre la que se encuentran el fitoplancton, las micrófitas, etc.

Presumiblemente, el primer uso de las algas fue como comida. Un ejemplo es la envoltura del sushi. La industria de gomas marinas o ficocoloides requiere de la producción sostenida de algas marinas, las cuales en su mayoría provienen de granjas en el mar. En las regiones tropicales, el cultivo de algas marinas tiene un gran impacto socioeconómico debido a que genera empleo directo a más de 60 mil familias en el SE de Asia (principalmente Filipinas, Indonesia, Malasia y Vietnam), África Oriental y más recientemente en la India. La principal especie que se cultiva es el alga roja Kappaphycusalvarezii productora de kappa-carragenina, una goma o coloide de amplio uso como estabilizante en la industria de alimentos, cosméticos y medicamentos.

Los métodos y sistemas de cultivo de algas empleados en mar abierto son simples y económicos, ya que no requieren los insumos tradicionales de la agricultura, evitando el uso de fertilizantes y pesticidas. Se usan balsas flotantes de madera y PVC con cuerdas de polipropileno para sujetar los implantes que crecen de manera vegetativa con ciclos de producción que varían entre 4 y 6 semanas, dependiendo de la fertilidad de lugar, la época del año y la cepa utilizada.

Desde el punto de vista ambiental y ecólogico, el cultivo de algas marinas sirve de sustrato y refugio a muchas especies de peces e invertebrados que cumplen parte de su ciclo de vida, las algas además generan oxígeno disuelto aumentando la productividad primaria.

Alrededor de NusaLembongan y Penida es comun encontrarse con estas estructuras que se combinan con el maravilloso paisaje a lo largo de la costa.

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Muck Diving

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If ever a pursuit were badly named it must surely be this . So where did this term come from? The term muck diving began appearing in the 1980’s after a group of divers, who were on a liveaboard at anchor at Dinah’s Beach in Papua New Guinea, decided just to throw on their gear and jump in. They were advised against it since they were in a shallow, silty inlet and this wasn’t (then) anything like resembling a “dive site”, but in they went.

The “muck” substrate can be the habitat for unusual, exotic and juvenile organisms that make their homes in the sediment and “trash” that compose a muck dive. The sediment and detritus environment has a different ecology to the reef. Creatures like colorful nudibranchs , anglerfish, shrimp, blue-ringed octopus, and rare pygmy seahorses may be more common, more easily found, or restricted to a sedimentary substrate.

While in Bali, you can visit Secret Bay in the north west, or Seraya’s Secrets off the coast of Tulamben, which enjoys a dark sandy floor .

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Buceo en Lodo.

Si alguna vez alguna actividad fue mal nombrada seguramente debe ser esta. Así que ¿de dónde salio este término ? El termino de “buceo en lodo” comenzó a aparecer en la década de 1980 después de que un grupo de buceadores, que estaban realizando un vida a bordo. Dicidio saltar a bucear y ver que habia donde estaba anclado elbarco en la playa de Dinah en Papua Nueva Guinea. A pesar de que se les desaconsejo realizar el buceo por parte de los guias ya que estaban en una entrada poco profunda con mucho sedimintos, nada parecido a un “sitio de buceo”, los clientos hicieron oidos sordos y saltaron.

El sustrato “lodo” puede ser el hábitat de organismos inusuales, exóticos y juveniles que hacen sus hogares en el sedimento y la “basura” que componen una inmersión en lodo. El entorno de sedimentos y detritos tiene una ecología totalmente diferente al arrecife. Criaturas como nudibranquios , peces rana, gambas, pulpo de anillos azules, y caballitos de mar pueden ser más comunes y más fáciles de encontrar, o incluso esclusivos a este tipo de habitats de sustrato sedimentario.

En Bali, se puede visitar Gilimanuk, Puri Jatih o Secret Seraya entre otros muchos lugares a lo largo de la costa norte. Tambien ultimamente se han descubierto otros puntos de interes para este tipo de buceo en la Costa este y Lembongan.

A que esperas para dart us primeros pasos en el lodo !!!

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Ask an Expert: Should Surface Markers Be Mandatory When Diving?

by Scuba Diving staff

 

Con, by Chris Parsons: Dive-training agencies should teach SMB use, not mandate it

When I was asked to be the “con” on this topic, I almost said no — I rarely dive without a surface-marker buoy. After some thought, though, I realized that while there are definitely times when an SMB — or other type of surface marker — should be considered essential, mandating its use doesn’t really solve the problem.

One easy argument against mandating surface markers is that some dives simply don’t need them, and they might, in fact, get in the way — ice diving in a Minnesota lake comes to mind.

So who should mandate surface markers? Government? No, thank you. Training agencies? They don’t teach SMB use in the basic classes; it would be a huge jump for them to suddenly mandate them.

That really just leaves dive operators.

Operators can and sometimes do require SMBs. Unfortunately, that doesn’t mean that a diver is able or even willing to use an SMB properly. I’ve seen many divers in situations that clearly indicated a surface marker ought to be deployed, but the SMB often remained clipped to their BC. When I asked later why they didn’t inflate it, despite being a mile away from the boat, I generally got a puzzled look rather than an answer.

There is a larger point here, and it is that divers simply need to be better prepared, and moreover, to take responsibility for their own safety. If conditions or a location prescribe that a diver should have a surface marker, it should be incumbent upon the diver to have one. Mandating a piece of gear doesn’t train the diver, nor does it prepare them.

I’ve been on boats where SMBs are required and seen divers show up without one. The dive operator will typically loan the diver one, and often the diver needs a quick lesson in how to use it. Note that this represents two strikes against the diver already — they showed up without an SMB, and they don’t know how to inflate it. Worse, they don’t understand when to deploy it — if the boat is a mile away, it might be too late. Strike three.

When there is boat traffic or significant current, the prudent diver might deploy the SMB from depth using a reel or spool. Once on the surface, the diver should be focused on boat traffic, not fumbling to inflate a surface marker. To do this, divers need to be trained and able to practice the skill. To my knowledge, SMB deployment from depth is not taught in Open Water or Advanced classes. Rather than mandating its use, perhaps the training agencies should teach its use — and its importance.

I understand why dive operators feel compelled to require SMBs. Ideally, they shouldn’t have to, but too many divers show up unprepared. That shouldn’t happen. Divers who show up at a dive operation should take the time to get trained, understand the consequences of diving in that area, and arrive with the gear needed for the dive.

This one should be on the diver.

 

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BOYAS de Señalización y Descompresión

Herramientas prácticas y de seguridad !!!

El buceo, ya los sabemos, es una actividad que requiere una gran cantidad de equipamiento. Parte de ese equipo es imprescindible para realizar la actividad, como en el caso del visor o el cilindro, sólo por mencionar algunos; y los fabricantes ofrecen en la actualidad una amplia gama de modelos de cada pieza. Otros elementos del equipamiento son considerados accesorios, ya que si bien se puede bucear sin los mismos, vienen de alguna forma a completar o complementar las necesidades del buzo debajo del agua. Accesorios existen en el mercado por miles y de los más variados, y hay que reconocer que gran parte de los mismos no son imprescindibles en lo absoluto. La idea de este artículo es resaltar la importancia de un elemento del equipamiento de buceo que es considerado en nuestros días como accesorio pero que, en mi opinión, se hace cada vez más indispensable. Me refiero a las boyas.

Las boyas constituyen asimismo una herramienta esencial para determinar posiciones. En estos casos los buzos, cuando pretenden marcar un lugar, pueden lanzar una boya atada a un cabo a la superficie y dejarla amarrada para poder ubicar el lugar determinado más fácilmente en el siguiente buceo. De la misma forma, y en los casos en que las zonas de buceo tienen un alto tránsito náutico, los buzos utilizan estos elementos para mandarlos a la superficie con el objeto de indicarles a los capitanes de las embarcaciones la posición de los buzos.

Del mismo, y debido a sus colores brillantes, las boyas constituyen una herramienta muy útil para el caso de rescates. Muchas veces sucede que los buzos, debido a fuertes corrientes u otros factores, vuelven a la superficie a mucha distancia del barco de buceo. Para el capitán del barco de buceo es muy difícil ubicar un buzo flotando en la superficie, pero esta tarea se ve simplificada si el buzo posee una atrayente boya naranja a su lado. Estas boyas de buceo,

se fabrican en dos formas básicas: la tipo salchicha, que es un tubo cuyo diámetro puede variar entre los 15 y 20 centímetros, con una longitud de entre 1 y 1,5 metros; y las de forma de pera invertida (o globo aerostático). En ambos casos, existen dos mecanismos para poder inflarlas debajo del agua: en el más simple de los casos la boya tiene un extremo abierto por el cual el buzo puede agregar aire mediante la utilización del power del chaleco compensador. La boya tiene un diseño tal que impide que el aire se escape al llegar a la superficie. Por otro lado tenemos las boyas que son completamente cerradas y en la cuales elinflado se hace a través de una válvula que admite una manguera de baja presión. Habiendo probado ambos sistemas, prefiero las boyas abiertas. El sistema de inflado mediante manguera no me agrada porque tenemos dos opciones para inflarla: o desconectamos la manguera de baja presión del power del chaleco (lo cual implica a perder tiempo desconectando y volver a conectar, y la imposibilidad de inflar el chaleco durante ese lapso de tiempo), o agregamos otro manguera de baja presión independiente para esta única finalidad (lo cual implica tener una manguera más que controlar durante el buceo).

Si llevamos boyas necesariamente debemos llevar otro elemento accesorio: el carrete (o spool). Se recomienda portar al menos uno con un mínimo de 30 metros de cabo fino y la ubicación de los mismos también está especificada por las agencias certificadoras antes mencionadas.

El uso de Reels para elevar boyas esta totalmente contraindicado ya que se pueden producir enganches en el momento de la liberación de las mismas con consecuencias no muy agradables. No es el caso del spool que es un elemento limpio de accesorios donde el cabo no tiene ninguna posibilidad de enganche y por otro lado el mismo si se escapara de nuestras manos es neutro.No pretenda realizar un buceo sin haber practicado previamente en un ambiente controlado el proceso de extracción de la boya, su enganchado al carrete de cabo y el posterior inflado y liberación a la superficie. El procedimiento debe ser practicado a conciencia para hacerlo en forma rápida y fluida y evitar enredos del cabo o enganches con su cuerpo. Si a pesar de todo, el cabo del carrete se enreda y Ud. empieza a sentir que el poder de la boya empieza a arrastrarlo hacia arriba en forma descontrolada, suelte la boya, ascienda lentamente respetando las paradas de seguridad indicadas, y posteriormente recupere la boya al llegar a superficie.

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Autor: Gustavo Costa (Instructor NAUI # 38639 / Instructor DAN # 11476)

 

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Importance of Coral Reefs

 

Coral reefs are some of the most diverse and valuable ecosystems on Earth. Coral reefs support more species per unit area than any other marine environment, including about 4,000 species of fish, 800 species of hard corals and hundreds of other species. Scientists estimate that there may be another 1 to 8 million undiscovered species of organisms living in and around reefs (Reaka-Kudla, 1997). This biodiversity is considered key to finding new medicines for the 21st century.

Storehouses of immense biological wealth, reefs also provide economic and environmental services to millions of people. Coral reefs may provide goods and services worth $375 billion each year. This is an amazing figure for an environment that covers less than 1 percent of the Earth’s surface. Healthy reefs contribute to local economies through tourism. Diving tours, fishing trips, hotels, restaurants, and other businesses based near reef systems provide millions of jobs and contribute billions of dollars all over the world.

Coral reefs buffer adjacent shorelines from wave action and prevent erosion, property damage and loss of life. Reefs also protect the highly productive wetlands along the coast, as well as ports and harbors and the economies they support. Globally, half a billion people are estimated to live within 100 kilometers of a coral reef and benefit from its production and protection.

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Photo Credit: Adventure Journal

 

¿Cuál es la importancia de los arrecifes de coral?

 

Los arrecifes son un recurso valioso con beneficios inestimables. Muchos países depende de ellos para sostener su industria pesquera y su alimentación, ya que sirven de habitat para muchas especies marinas de consumo humano con gran importancia económica. Proveen protección a las costas de la erosión y los embates de las olas.  Son fuente de recreación y estimulan el turismo, atrayendo millones de buceadores y visitantes por su diversidad, belleza y colorido. En ellos se encuentran muchos animales que son fuente de alimento de otros organismos superiores, formando unas redes alimentarias importantes. Los fragmentos rotos y acumulaciones de sedimentos y arenas calcáreas que se origina de los propios corales y de los otros organismos con esqueletos calcáreos suplen a las costas con las arenas blancas de la playas.

Apenas estamos empezando a comprender las aplicaciones médicas y comerciales que se encuentran allí. A pesar de su importancia ecológica y su inigualable belleza, están siendo amenazados por las actividades humanas. Como es el caso de otros ecosistemas debemos aprender a protegerlos para las generaciones futuras.

 

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RAMADAN

According to the statement from the Indonesian Ministry of Religion ,Ramadan, the holly month of Islam , is started in the 29th of June .

During the month of Ramadhan, Muslims must refrain from eating, drinking, smoking, marital relations or getting angry from dawn to dusk. In addition, those fasting are supposed to refrain from bad habits – lying, getting angry, using bad language as well as to be more diligent in prayer and give to charities. It is believe that fasting heightens spirituality and develops self-control.Fasting during the month of Ramadhan is one of the five pillars of Islam and an obligation for devout Muslims.

But of course there are lines between the one who expected to do the fasting and not. Those who are expected to fast include: adults (defined as those who have reached the age of puberty) and those who are sane. Those who are not expected to fast include: children, women having their period, travelers, the sick, those with long-term illnesses, pregnant or breastfeeding women and the mentally ill.

During the month, its common to find charity event in mosque in terms of breaking the fast together.

Read more about Ramadan in Indonesia here

 

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      RAMADAN

Según el boletin oficial del Ministerio de Religión de Indonesia, el Ramadán, el mes del ayuno del Islam, este año se inició en el 29 de junio.

Durante el mes de Ramadán, los musulmanes deben abstenerse de comer, beber, fumar, tener relaciones sexueles o enojarse desde el amanecer hasta el anochecer. Además, los que ayunan se deben limpiar de malos hábitos evitando, enojarse, usar malas palabras. Se cree que el ayuno aumenta la espiritualidad y desarrolla el auto-control. El mes de Ramadán es uno de los cinco pilares del Islam y una obligación para los musulmanes devotos.

Pero por supuesto hay excepciones : Niños, mujeres con el periodo, viajeros, enfermos y mujeres embarazadas o lactantes.

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