People pack Jakarta streets to celebrate end of fasting month - Tourism Indonesia


Sunday, August 19, 2012

People pack Jakarta streets to celebrate end of fasting month

People in cars, on motorbikes and on foot packed several streets in capital city Jakarta to celebrate the end of the fasting month of Ramadan on Saturday evening.

Traffic jam was seen in the Thamrin street section between the Hotel Indonesia roundabout to Monas Square, which are the popular spots in the city.

Besides chanting "God is Great" many of them also burned fire crackers or lighted fireworks to highlight the event.

The director of traffic of the Jakarta Metropolitan Police Command, Senior Commissioner Dwi Sigit Nurmantyas, said the police had allowed people to shoot fireworks but they must be directed upwards for safety.

He said many police officers had been deployed to assure security, adding the police would stop cars that carried too many passengers or passengers on top of them.

Religious affairs minister Suryadharman Ali announced on Saturday evening the Eid-al-Fitr holy day fell on Sunday ending the fasting month of Ramadan.

President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono and high ranking officials are scheduled to conduct Eid prayers on Sunday at the city`s Istiqlal Grand Mosque.(Antara)

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