JAKARTA, KOMPAS.com – On the Idul Adha (Day of Sacrifice) celebration, Indonesian President Joko “Jokowi” Widodo called on the public to limit social gatherings and unnecessary travel to curb the Covid-19 spread as the nationwide caseload of infections has reached over 108,000.
“The 2020 Idul Adha celebration comes at a time when we are tested with the Covid-19 pandemic. Each of us could sacrifice by reducing physical encounters and unnecessary travel,” said President Jokowi on his twitter account @jokowi on Friday, July 31.
He tweeted that people should show care to each other and stay closer to their families.
“Hopefully, the pandemic will end soon,” the @jokowi account wrote.
In the wake of the coronavirus outbreak, the president celebrated the Muslim festival in low profile at his official residence. He attended a small congregation of Idul Adha prayers in Bogor Palace, about 40 kilometers south of Jakarta.
Leading the Idul Adha prayers was the head of Bogor Palace’s Baitussalam Mosque, Muhammadun, who also delivered the sermon. Muhammadun underscored the importance of sacrificing, respecting parents, and maintaining friendships with others.
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“By sacrificing and giving alms, we are sharing sacrificial meat to the poor, to our relatives, our neighbors and this can strengthen our friendship and extend the blessings,” he said.
During the Idul Adha prayers, everyone followed health protocols such as maintaining physical distance and temperature checking. Also in attendance were presidential security detail, presidential aide, and a few other officials.
After performing the prayers, Jokowi, First Lady Iriana and their youngest child Kaesang Pangarep returned to Wisma Bayurini in Bogor Palace complex.
(Writer: Dian Erika Nugraheny | Editor: Fabian Januarius Kuwado)