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Commentary: Finding the true meaning of Idul Fitri through the COVID-19 pandemic

  • Endy Bayuni

    Staff writer at The Jakarta Post

  /   Sat, May 23 2020   /  12:40 am

This year, Muslims in Indonesia are celebrating the end of Ramadan in a totally different fashion from the way we know and have been doing for years.

COVID-19 and the large-scale social restrictions (PSBB) that come with it are preventing many of us from making the usual trips to visit friends and relatives during Idul Fitri. The massive economic downturn means that we are spending far less than we are accustomed to during this time of year.

Idul Fitri in 2020, or the year 1441 in the Islamic calendar, may well be far less festive and far less commercialized, but it is not necessarily going to be less spiritual. It will likely be more serene and solemn – the way we should truly celebrate the end of Ramadan.

In today’s popular COVID-19 parlance, could this be the “new normal” – not only for celebrating Idul Fitri but also for observing the Ramadan fasting mo...