Monas square packed with people for Idul Fitri eve

Jakarta (ANTARA News) - Monas Square in Central Jakarta was packed with people observing the eve of Idul Fitri, the festivity marking the end of the fasting month, on Tuesday evening.

Traffic jams were seen on the roads leading to the location such as Jalan Merdeka Selatan and Jalan Merdeka Timur causing snarls in other main roads such as on Jalan Thamrin.

Traffic police meanwhile had taken up positions at several locations to ensure traffic order.The Jakarta police had asked people wishing to conduct a parade to report to the police.

Many Jakartans also packed Ancol Beach Resort in North Jakarta to celebrate the end of the fasting month. "I deliberately wish to enjoy Idul Fitri eve with my family here," Iwan, a Jakarta resident, said.

Firecrackers were heard in many parts of the city while fireworks were also seen in the sky from several locations on the special evening.

The government on Monday declared August 31 as the date of Idul Fitri. Many Moslems especially members of Muhammadiyah organization however celebrated the Idul Fitri on August 30. Muhammadiyah declared August 30 as the date of Idul Fitri.

Muhammadiyah is one of the main Islamic organizations in Indonesia while the other one is Nahdlatul Ulama (NU). NU declared August 31 as the date of Idul Fitri.