» 08/18/2012, 00.00
Mass exodus of Muslims marks the end of Ramadan
Millions of people leave the main cities for their places of origin to celebrate the event with family. Traffic jams block roads whilst transit prices rise. Hundreds are involved in road accidents. In the capital, streets are deserted as businesses close.
(AsiaNews) - Jakarta residents have begun the traditional exodus towards their
places of origin in Sumatra, Java and the other islands of the Indonesian
Archipelago to mark the end of Ramadan, the Muslim month of fasting and prayer,
by celebrating Idul Fitri (19 and 20 August) with family and friends. Like
Lunar New Year celebrations in China and Vietnam, the celebration of Lebaran
(the nickname for the Muslim event) is a time of mass migration (mudik) for Indonesians who travel en
masse to the towns and villages where they were born or where their families
came from, a Biblical flight that chokes the roads, big and small, leading out
of the big cities, full of cars and passengers patiently waiting.
the start of the mass exodus, a rush is on for the last ticket home on
overcrowded buses, trains or planes. Despite government directives,
transportation companies usually jack up the prices to extract the maximum
profit. Yet, despite the price gouging, all tickets are sold for everyone wants
to make it home for the holiday. And for those who do not take collective
transport, there are always the long hours on a motorcycle; sometimes even 24
hours, twice the normal time.
all is good at Mudik time. The number
of road accidents explodes. According to figures from the Transportation
Ministry, at least 398 people have died so far in this year's exodus. Yesterday
alone, 58 people died on the road and more than a hundred were injured. Not much
different from previous days when the death toll stood at 42, 54, 47 and 66.
For those who remain in Jakarta, there is the
consolation that they will have a deserted capital all to themselves. Although security
forces will remain on alert, all other government services (and offices) will
be closed for at least a week.
Finally, not all Indonesian Muslim organisations and
believers agree on the correct day for the celebration. For Muhammadiyah, the country's
second largest Muslim organisation, Ramadan ends on 19 August. For the
government and Nahdlatul Ulama, the
largest (moderate) Muslim group, the holy month ends on 20 August.
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