Jakarta (ANTARA) - President Joko Widodo (Jokowi) is optimistic that the joy of Eid Al-Fitr 1433 Hijriah would not reduce the public's vigilance to continue to implement health protocols amid the COVID-19 pandemic.

"Celebrating victory after a month of fasting becomes more meaningful since this year we can go home and celebrate Eid with family and friends at home," he tweeted on his official Twitter account @jokowi, Monday.

During the 2022 Eid al-Fitr, the Indonesian government has officially allowed people to return to their hometowns during the COVID-19 pandemic that has not yet fully ended.

The government has set the COVID-19 vaccination as a requirement for this year's homecoming trip, in which people, who have received a booster vaccine, are no longer required to show the results of an antigen or PCR test.

The government estimates that at least 85 million people will travel back and forth to their respective hometowns to celebrate Eid Al-Fitr 1433 Hijriah.

Earlier, the government had constantly reminded the public to continue to implement health protocols during the homecoming trip and while celebrating Eid al-Fitr in their respective hometowns.

Government Spokesperson for COVID-19 Handling Prof. Wiku Adisasmito had outlined recommendations for the implementation of Eid prayers and Eid gathering activities in an orderly manner.

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One of the recommendations made was that Eid prayers be performed in an open space while maintaining distance and wearing masks.

This was also practiced by President Jokowi, First Lady Iriana Joko Widodo, and their youngest son, Kaesang Pangarep, while performing the Eid prayer in the courtyard of the Yogyakarta Presidential Palace.

The Eid prayer was held in a limited manner and was attended by the presidential apparatus, the Presidential Security Forces, and the families of Yogyakarta Palace employees, as well as limited number of residents.

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Translator: Gilang Galiartha, Resinta S
Editor: Rahmad Nasution
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