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Muslims in Indonesia celebrate Eid al-Adha

People gather at mosques to perform Eid prayer

Nani Afrida   | 11.08.2019
Muslims in Indonesia celebrate Eid al-Adha Indonesian President Joko Widodo (2nd L) accompanied by Indonesian Minister of State Secretary Pratikno (3rd L) and Bogor Mayor Bima Arya Sugiarto (L) gather to perform Eid al-Adha prayer at Astrid Park of Bogor Botanical Gardens in Bogor, Indonesia on August 11, 2019. Muslims around the world celebrate Eid al-Adha 1440 Hijri or the feast of sacrifice. ( Eko Siswono Toyudho - Anadolu Agency )

JAKARTA, Indonesia

Muslims in Indonesia marked the first day of the Eid al-Adha, a four day Muslim religious holiday, on Sunday. 

In the central Jakarta, people started to gather in the Istiqlal Mosque at 6.30 a.m. (1130GMT Saturday) to perform Eid prayer.

The crowd caused traffic jams in the streets around the mosque in the capital.

People who did not get parking spaces parked their vehicles in a Cathedral Church located in front of the Istiqlal Mosque.

Not only the worshipers, some street vendors also gathered around the mosque, selling kids toys, accessories, and plastic bags.

Meanwhile, Indonesian President Joko Widodo performed Eid al-Adha prayer at Astrid Field inside the Bogor Botanical Gardens area.

Widodo was accompanied by State Secretary Minister Pratikno and Bogor Mayor Bima Arya.

After the prayer, the president handed over his sacrificial cow to the local committee.

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