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Jakarta Post

City prepares for modest Idul Fitri

  • Callistasia Anggun Wijaya

    The Jakarta Post

Jakarta   /   Wed, June 13 2018   /  01:18 am

In an attempt to maintain security and public order and to dissuade revellers from celebrating on the streets, the Jakarta administration plans to hold takbiran (eve of Idul Fitri) events in five municipalities in the capital.

The events will be conducted in mosques and surrounding areas, so that residents will not join convoys and cause traffic jams or public disturbances on streets, Jakarta Deputy Governor Sandiaga Uno said.

Takbiran is a popular tradition in the country when Muslims parade around the streets chanting praises to God on the night before Idul Fitri. The participants often set off fireworks to enliven the celebrations.

The activity has been banned since the administration of then-Jakarta-governor Fauzi Bowo but many people continue to uphold the tradition.

As a result, takbiran often causes traffic congestion on major thoroughfares in the capit...