Millions of Protestants and Catholics took part in Christmas Eve services all around Indonesia under tight security measures from the police and some local Muslim residents.
In Flores the peaceful coexistence of different faiths was apparent in East Manggarai regency of East Nusa Tenggara [NTT], where security for Christmas celebrations at Santo Arnoldus and Yoseph Waelengga Catholic Church involved Muslims.
In Jakarta, the police safeguarded Christmas and New Year's Eve celebrations by holding the annual operation, code-named Operasi Lilin [Operation Candle], from Dec. 23 to Jan. 1. 2017.
In Central Java, personnel from the National Police, the Indonesian Military and the Public Order Agency joined forces to safeguard 252 churches across Semarang.
Many people are hoping that the safety and peace remain until the New Year’s celebration amid security threats from terrorist