Millions of Indonesians leave big cities for Raya | World

People wait for buses at Kampung Rambutan bus station, as Indonesian Muslims return home to celebrate Eid al-Fitr, known locally as “Mudik”, in Jakarta, Indonesia April 29, 2022 – Reuters pic

JAKARTA, April 30 – The festive season exodus or “mudik” where millions of Indonesians working in big cities rush to their hometowns to celebrate Hari Raya Aidilfitri has reached its peak today.

Also, for the first time in two years, Indonesians were allowed to travel to their hometown as the government eased restrictions due to Covid-19, thanks to falling case numbers and efforts to to restore economy.

Indonesians should celebrate the auspicious day on Monday or Tuesday.

Around 85 million people are expected to make the trip, including 14 million from the Jakarta metropolitan area alone, with 23 million passenger cars and 17 million motorbikes on the roads leading to the capital.

To protect the public during this year’s mudik, the government has accelerated vaccination against Covid-19 by providing greater access to the vaccine, including at airports, bus stations and ports.

To date, around 80% of the 208 million people targeted have received their second dose of the vaccine, and 36 million have received a booster shot.

The government has reminded its population to always remain vigilant in order to avoid a spike in new cases of Covid-19 and the emergence of a new wave of transmission of the virus.

President Joko Widodo is due to perform Aidilfitri prayer in Yogyakarta and will not hold an open day during the celebration.

Meanwhile, Zulkarnain, 33, a security guard in Jakarta, told Bernama: “I’m so excited to see my parents for Hari Raya. I’m taking two weeks off and my flight to Palembang is tomorrow.

“I can’t wait to meet them, especially my mother. I really miss my favorite dish, Pempek. We just made a video call. My mother is in the kitchen preparing it.

Pempek is a salty fish cake delicacy, made from fish and tapioca, originating from Palembang, South Sumatera.

For the past two years, Zulkarnain and his family have celebrated Lebaran virtually via a WhatsApp video call. — Bernama

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