The Jakarta Post
On the heels of the suicide bombing against police headquarters in Surakarta on the eve of Idul Fitri, prayers held across the country passed peacefully on Wednesday morning amid heightened security.
The festive mood of the takbiran (eve of Idul Fitri celebrations), enlivened by convoys of residents throughout the archipelago on Tuesday evening, was not dampened by the attack earlier in the day, which left the attacker as the sole casualty.
President Joko “Jokowi” Widodo performed the morning prayer along with thousands of Muslims at the Padang Grand Mosque in West Sumatra.
The National Police confirmed earlier that President Jokowi was scheduled to celebrate Idul Fitri with his family in Surakarta after his working visit to Padang, suggesting that the bomb attack did not change the President’s plans.
The government had decided on Monday that Syawal 1, which marks the first day of Idul Fitri, would fall on July 6.
Meanwhile, Vice President Jusuf Kalla and his wife, Mufidah Jusuf Kalla, attended Idul Fitri prayers at the Istiqlal Mosque in Central Jakarta, along with around 150,000 Muslims. (dmr)
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