After the full lifting of COVID 19 restrictions in December last year, Muslims in Indonesia are observing the holy month of Ramadan with mass prayers and traditional activities.
Mosques are allowed to conduct prayers at full capacity for the first time since the outbreak of the pandemic almost three years ago. Worshippers are no longer required to wear face masks.
Attendees at mosques said they are rejoicing at the removal of the curbs, which included a limit on gatherings and movements.
As compared to the previous years, prayer is more conducive because we are free from restrictions, said Ahmad Mualim Ade, a worshipper at Jakarta's Istiqlal Mosque, the biggest in the country.
There are no restrictions on mosques. All mosques can accept as many worshippers as they wish. After the PPKM revocation, conditions are much better, he added, using an acronym related to the government's pandemic restriction policies.