Indonesia tones down the celebratory mood of the Eid festival amidst the COVID-19 crisis

The COVID-19 pandemic has forced nations across the globe to tone down their celebration of festivals and the Eid-al-fitr celebration in Indonesia that host the world’s largest Muslim population also witnessed the same fate.

As part of the nation’s effort to stem the spread of the COVID-19 pandemic, Indonesia toned down its Eid celebration that broke away from traditions as Muslims in the country have been forbidden from holding Eid-al-fitr prayers in mosques, not permitted to hold open houses, return to their hometowns and visit one another.

Earlier the Indonesian Ulama Council had also issued a fatwa calling on Muslims to perform Eid-al-fitr prayers at home.

Indonesian President Joko Widodo (Jokowi) and his wife Iriana performed the Eid prayers in the courtyard of the Presidential Palace in Bogor with several palace officials. It was broadcast via the Presidential Secretariat official You Tube channel.

The celebration across the nation have diverted way from the traditional norms in the wake of the pandemic.

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