Millions of Indonesians celebrated the start of Eid al-Adha on Tuesday, with President Joko Widodo stating that stricter coronavirus restrictions would remain in place until infection rates decreased. In Indonesia alone, there are currently thousands infected due to COVID-19’s rapid spread and despite strict mobility rules for carriers imposed earlier this month.
Millions of Muslims in Indonesia celebrated the important Islamic festival, Eid al-Adha. President Joko Widodo pledged that tighter coronavirus restrictions would remain until infections drop and COVID-19 cases are currently among the highest in the world due to the rapid spread of Delta variant despite imposition since early this month of strictest mobility restriction so far during a pandemic.
The Indonesian president Jokowi advises Indonesians to celebrate Eid al-Adha at home because of its prevalence in the Muslim population. Police and transport authorities have set up checkpoints for preventing travel, noting that new variants of H1N1 are not over yet.
Indonesia’s current president, Jokowi advised Indonesians to celebrate Eid al-Adha at home following strict health protocols in place. Police and transport authorities have also set up checkpoints across the country to minimize travel during this time period when many people worldwide are traveling back for family celebrations.”
“In a streamed statement on the eve of the holiday,” says President Jokowi, “movement restrictions will only be lifted once cases drop.” He noted that new variants meant the pandemic wasn’t over yet.
“Imagine if this restriction is loosened and then the cases increase again and the hospitals are unable to contain the patients. This would cause our health facilities to collapse,” he said.
The Indonesian government is expected to announce a decision soon on extending the restriction period in Java and Bali. With 1,338 coronavirus deaths last Monday alone, there are concerns that if restrictions aren’t extended then hospitals will be pushed past their breaking point with an impending wave of patients as they return from holidays at home or abroad.
The Eid al-Adha holiday is a time of reflection and remembrance for Muslims. During this period, they are reminded to be thankful for all the blessings in their lives but also reflect on those less fortunate than themselves. They celebrate by slaughtering animals such as cattle and goats which will provide meat that can then be shared among family members or donated to the poor so everyone has enough food during these difficult times.
Mosques across the country are going door-to-door to distribute meat donations so that there’s no large gathering. Even though some flouted COVID, most mosques have not and instead plan on distributing food an individual homes door by door.
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