A family visits the grave of a dead relative at Karet Tengsin public cemetery in Central Jakarta on Wednesday. (JG Photo/Yudha Baskoro)

Ramadan Tradition Persists During Pandemic

BY :YUDHA BASKORO

APRIL 23, 2020

The Jakarta provincial government has ordered the city's Muslim residents to drop a Ramadan tradition of visiting the graves of dead relatives before the fasting month starts on Friday.

The order is part of the city's large-scale social restriction (PSBB) that began on April 7 and has now been extended to May 22 to curb the spread of coronavirus

The Karet Bivak and Karet Tengsin public cemeteries in Central Jakarta were quiet on Wednesday, when normally they would be filled with families praying next to simple graves.

The Jakarta City Park and Forest Agency has imposed a limit of five people per family allowed to enter any cemetery during the PSBB.

At the cemetery gates, municipal police officers explain the dos and don'ts for visitors, including always wearing a facemask and observing physical distancing.

A woman brings two bags of flower at Karet Tengsin public cemetery in Central Jakarta on Wednesday (22/04). (JG Photo/Yudha Baskoro)
A woman brings a plastic bag filled with flowers into the Karet Tengsin public cemetery in Central Jakarta on Wednesday. (JG Photo/Yudha Baskoro)
A woman prays at a Karet Tengsin public cemetery in Central Jakarta on Wednesday (22/04). (JG Photo/Yudha Baskoro)
A woman spreads flowers on a family grave. (JG Photo/Yudha Baskoro)
A family prays together at Karet Tengsin public cemetery in Central Jakarta on Wednesday (22/04). (JG Photo/Yudha Baskoro)
Family members pray and recite the Quran next to a grave. (JG Photo/Yudha Baskoro)
A man carrying umbrella, prays at Karet Tengsin public cemetery in Central Jakarta on Wednesday (22/04). (JG Photo/Yudha Baskoro)
A man shields himself from the scorching sun as he prays. (JG Photo/Yudha Baskoro)
The Karet Tengsin public cemetery is empty of visitors because of the large scale social restriction on Wednesday (22/04). (JG Photo/Yudha Baskoro)
The Karet Tengsin public cemetery is nearly deserted on Wednesday. Normally just before Ramadan the place would be filled with visitors. (JG Photo/Yudha Baskoro)
A child puts a flower to her beloved one at Karet Bivak public cemetery in Central Jakarta on Wednesday (22/04). (JG Photo/Yudha Baskoro)
A girl places flowers on a grave at the Karet Bivak public cemetery in Central Jakarta on Wednesday. (JG Photo/Yudha Baskoro)

 

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