JAKARTA (Reuters) – For Indonesia’s 225 million Muslims, celebrating Eid al-Fitr this year, the end of the holy fasting month of Ramadan, is bittersweet.
Indonesian Muslims men take part in prayers during Eid al-Fitr, the Muslim festival marking the end the holy fasting month of Ramadan, at a mosque in Palu, Central Sulawesi Province, Indonesia, amid the spread of coronavirus disease (COVID-19), May 24, 2020, in this photo taken by Antara Foto. Antara Foto/Basri Marzuki/via REUTERS
Many are forced to spend it away from their families due to travel restrictions imposed to curb the spread of COVID-19. Hundreds of mosques across Indonesia, however, are still hosting prayers, albeit while asking participants to wear masks and attempt social distancing.
Eid is traditionally a raucous three-day celebration in the world’s largest Muslim-majority nation, marked by large family festivities, the exchange of gifts and mass prayers.
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