Scenes of cheer and joy marked New Year’s Eve in every corner across the country.
In Jakarta, residents crowded into the National Monument [Monas] park, the Hotel Indonesia traffic circle, Central Jakarta and Ancol in North Jakarta. In Yogyakarta, people celebrated the changing of the year at several tourist destinations such as Tugu and Prambanan. In West Sumatra, residents watched fireworks at the Jam Gadang big clock in Bukit Tinggi. However, some residents preferred celebrating the New Year with prayer, such as at the Al Markaz Al Islami Grand Mosque in Makassar, South Sulawesi.
New Year’s Eve celebrations were tightly guarded by about 20,000 police officers.
The first sunrise of 2017 completed the changing of the year.