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Jakarta Post

Indonesian Muslims make sacrifices to celebrate Idul Adha amid pandemic

  • Alya Nurbaiti


Jakarta   /   Sat, August 1 2020   /  01:00 am
Umat muslim menunaikan ibadah Shalat Idul Adha 1441 H di lingkungan Masjid Al-Azhar, Jakarta, Jumat (31/7/2020). Umat muslim di seluruh Indonesia mulai melaksanakan shalat Idul Adha secara berjamaah di tengah pandemik COVID-19. (Antara/Muhammad Adimaja)

Millions of Muslims in Indonesia observed this year's Idul Adha (Day of Sacrifice) under the shadow of the COVID-19 pandemic as health protocols limited the scale of festivities. But those who took part in the celebration said they could still find solace in the holiday, either with or without their families. Private sector employee Nadia Khairani works in Jakarta. She decided to travel to Bandung, West Java, to spend Idul Adha, which fell on Friday, with her family. It was the first time she had returned to her hometown since COVID-19 cases were detected in the country in March. The central government and the Jakarta administration had lifted travel bans that were previously in place during the Idul Fitri holiday in May. She left with her husband on Thursday night in a private car and spent three hours stuck in gridlock on the Jakarta-Cikampek elevated t...