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Eid: Time for Indonesian families to reunite

08-29-2011 18:46 BJT

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Indonesians have their final chance to buy vegetables, meat and other necessities as the markets and most businesses will be closed for the next few days for Eid celebrations.

The Indonesian national holiday Eid al-Fitr lasts for three days. It marks the end of the fasting month of Ramadan and is used as an opportunity for families to reunite.

Indonesians working in Malaysia wait to take a ferry to Dumai in Indonesia, ahead of
Eid al-Fitr in Port Klang outside Kuala Lumpur August 27, 2011. Thousands of Indonesian
Muslims working in Malaysia are expected to head back to their hometowns in Indonesia
to celebrate the Eid al-Fitr holiday with their families, marking the end of the holy
month of Ramadan. REUTERS/Samsul Said

Hajjah Hasna, 43-year-old Housewife said "I went to the market today to get prepared so that we have enough, because the government might set Eid for tomorrow. But it would be nice if Eid is set for the day after tomorrow. Usually I go home, but for this year's Eid children and other families from our hometown of Sulawesi are coming to celebrate."

Railway stations in the capital have been packed with people returning to their hometowns to celebrate. The government has set up dozens of extra trains for the surge in passenger numbers. Many people who did not get a seat were prepared to stand for hours to reach their destination.

Indonesians working in Malaysia stand in a queue to take a ferry to Dumai in Indonesia,
ahead of Eid al-Fitr in Port Klang outside Kuala Lumpur August 27, 2011. Thousands of
Indonesian Muslims working in Malaysia are expected to head back to their hometowns in
Indonesia to celebrate the Eid al-Fitr holiday with their families, marking the end of
holy month of Ramadan. REUTERS/Samsul Said

Djonotul Wijaya, 24-year-old traveller said "I miss my parents. I want to meet all my family. But it's difficult to do that. I had to stay and spend three nights in this station to get the train ticket."

More than eight million people have left Jakarta for their hometowns during the last few days, making the capital look empty and deserted.

Editor:Xiong Qu |Source: CNTV.CN

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