The Jakarta Post
Hundreds of people flocked to the Bogor Palace on the outskirts of Jakarta on Friday morning to celebrate Idul Fitri with President Joko “Jokowi” Widodo.
Dozens of becak (pedicab) drivers were among Jokowi’s guests queuing to meet the President and First Lady Iriana, as reported by kompas.com.
The event came after a similar open house gathering Jokowi hosted earlier on Friday for Cabinet members, top state officials and politicians, including the Democratic Party’s Agus Harimurti Yudhoyono, who is seeking to run in the 2019 presidential election.
“This year, me and my family are spending [Idul Fitri] in Bogor […],” Jokowi wrote on his official Twitter account @jokowi on Thursday. “Let’s forgive each other with sincerity in the spirit of Idul Fitri.”
Last year, Jokowi hosted an Idul Fitri celebration and open house event at the State Palace in Jakarta, which was his first since taking office in 2014. He previously spent Idul Fitri in Aceh in 2015 and Padang in West Sumatra in 2016.
On Friday, Jokowi also held an Idul Fitri morning prayer at an open field inside the Bogor Botanical Garden complex, nearby the Bogor Palace.
Leading the prayer as imam was Didin Saefuddin Buchori, a professor at Syarif Hidayatullah Islamic State University Jakarta. (ipa)