Soaring infections dampen Eid festivities in Indonesia

Indonesian Muslims wearing face masks are silhouetted during an Eid al-Fitr prayer that marks the end of the holy fasting month of Ramadan amid fears ...
A boy stands as his parents perform an Eid al-Fitr prayer marking the end of the holy fasting month of Ramadan amid concerns of the new coronavirus ou...
Indonesian Muslims wearing face masks walk to attend an Eid al-Fitr prayer that marks the end of the holy fasting month of Ramadan amid fears of the n...
Indonesian Muslim women attend an Eid al-Fitr prayer that marks the end of the holy fasting month of Ramadan amid fears of the new coronavirus outbrea...
Indonesian Muslims perform an Eid al-Fitr prayer marking the end of the holy fasting month of Ramadan amid concerns of the new coronavirus outbreak in...
A Muslim women enters a disinfection chamber installed at the gate of Al Mashun Grand Mosque as a precaution against the new coronavirus outbreak afte...
Senior Muslim clerics observes the skies over Cape Town, South Africa Saturday May 23 2020 in the hope of spotting the new moon to mark the end of Ram...
Senior Muslim clerics observes the skies over Cape Town, South Africa, Saturday May 23 2020 in the hope of spotting the new moon to mark the end of Ra...
A senior Muslim cleric observes the skies over Cape Town, South Africa, Saturday, May 23 2020 in the hope of spotting the new moon to mark the end of ...
A man carries his cakes to the neighborhood oven in the old Habous district, in Casablanca, Morocco, Saturday 23 May 2020. As Eid AL Fitr approaches, ...
People walk at one of the markets in the old Habous district of Casablanca where many shops specializing in clothing and party items are closed due to...
A man leaves one of the markets in the old Habous district of Casablanca where many shops specializing in clothing and party items are closed due to t...
A man leaves one of the markets in the old Habous district of Casablanca where many shops specializing in clothing and party items are closed due to t...
People wear masks and wait respecting the social distancing measures outside a famous pastry shop in Casablanca, Morocco, Saturday May 23, 2020. As Ei...
A man leaves one of the markets in the old Habous district of Casablanca where many shops specializing in clothing and party items are closed due to t...
Muslims walk in a market area as they shop ahead of Eid al-Fitr in Prayagraj, India, Saturday, May 23, 2020. Concerns are rising in India, where new c...
A buffalo's head hangs on a butcher's stall during 'Meugang', a local tradition where people shop for meat one day prior to the Eid al Fitr to be cook...
Iraqi women wearing face masks for protection against the spread of the new coronavirus, carry cookies for the upcoming Muslim Eid al-Fitr celebration...
An Iraqi women carries cookies for the upcoming Muslim Eid al- Fitr celebrations, that marks the end of the Muslim holy fasting month of Ramadan, in B...
Iraqi women carry cookies for the upcoming Muslim Eid al- Fitr celebrations, that marks the end of the Muslim holy fasting month of Ramadan, in Basra,...
Iraqi women wearing face masks for protection against the spread of the new coronavirus, carry cookies for the upcoming Muslim Eid al-Fitr celebration...
A customer tries a traditional cap for the upcoming Eid al-Fitr holiday that marks the end of the Muslim holy fasting month of Ramadan after the gover...
A volunteer sprays disinfectant on passengers traveling to their villages to celebrate the upcoming Eid al-Fitr holiday that marks the end of the Musl...

Indonesian Muslims wearing face masks are silhouetted during an Eid al-Fitr prayer that marks the end of the holy fasting month of Ramadan amid fears ...

A boy stands as his parents perform an Eid al-Fitr prayer marking the end of the holy fasting month of Ramadan amid concerns of the new coronavirus ou...

Indonesian Muslims wearing face masks walk to attend an Eid al-Fitr prayer that marks the end of the holy fasting month of Ramadan amid fears of the n...

Indonesian Muslim women attend an Eid al-Fitr prayer that marks the end of the holy fasting month of Ramadan amid fears of the new coronavirus outbrea...

Indonesian Muslims perform an Eid al-Fitr prayer marking the end of the holy fasting month of Ramadan amid concerns of the new coronavirus outbreak in...

A Muslim women enters a disinfection chamber installed at the gate of Al Mashun Grand Mosque as a precaution against the new coronavirus outbreak afte...

Senior Muslim clerics observes the skies over Cape Town, South Africa Saturday May 23 2020 in the hope of spotting the new moon to mark the end of Ram...

Senior Muslim clerics observes the skies over Cape Town, South Africa, Saturday May 23 2020 in the hope of spotting the new moon to mark the end of Ra...

A senior Muslim cleric observes the skies over Cape Town, South Africa, Saturday, May 23 2020 in the hope of spotting the new moon to mark the end of ...

A man carries his cakes to the neighborhood oven in the old Habous district, in Casablanca, Morocco, Saturday 23 May 2020. As Eid AL Fitr approaches, ...

People walk at one of the markets in the old Habous district of Casablanca where many shops specializing in clothing and party items are closed due to...

A man leaves one of the markets in the old Habous district of Casablanca where many shops specializing in clothing and party items are closed due to t...

A man leaves one of the markets in the old Habous district of Casablanca where many shops specializing in clothing and party items are closed due to t...

People wear masks and wait respecting the social distancing measures outside a famous pastry shop in Casablanca, Morocco, Saturday May 23, 2020. As Ei...

A man leaves one of the markets in the old Habous district of Casablanca where many shops specializing in clothing and party items are closed due to t...

Muslims walk in a market area as they shop ahead of Eid al-Fitr in Prayagraj, India, Saturday, May 23, 2020. Concerns are rising in India, where new c...

A buffalo's head hangs on a butcher's stall during 'Meugang', a local tradition where people shop for meat one day prior to the Eid al Fitr to be cook...

Iraqi women wearing face masks for protection against the spread of the new coronavirus, carry cookies for the upcoming Muslim Eid al-Fitr celebration...

An Iraqi women carries cookies for the upcoming Muslim Eid al- Fitr celebrations, that marks the end of the Muslim holy fasting month of Ramadan, in B...

Iraqi women carry cookies for the upcoming Muslim Eid al- Fitr celebrations, that marks the end of the Muslim holy fasting month of Ramadan, in Basra,...

Iraqi women wearing face masks for protection against the spread of the new coronavirus, carry cookies for the upcoming Muslim Eid al-Fitr celebration...

A customer tries a traditional cap for the upcoming Eid al-Fitr holiday that marks the end of the Muslim holy fasting month of Ramadan after the gover...

A volunteer sprays disinfectant on passengers traveling to their villages to celebrate the upcoming Eid al-Fitr holiday that marks the end of the Musl...

JAKARTA, Indonesia (AP) — Millions of Muslims in Indonesia are marking a muted and gloomy holiday of Eid al-Fitr, the end of the fasting month of Ramadan — a usually joyous three-day celebration that has been significantly toned down as coronavirus cases soar.

The world’s largest Muslim-majority nation, with more than 240 million people, has reported nearly 22,000 infections and 1,350 fatalities, the most in Southeast Asia. It means no congregational prayers at mosques and open fields, no family reunions, no relatives bearing gifts for children.

“This outbreak is not just dampening spirits of Eid, but also has made the tradition entirely different,” said Andieka Rabbani, a university student in Jakarta.

This year, like other Indonesians, he can only greet his cousins and friends through video calls.

In deeply conservative Aceh, Indonesia’s only province enforcing Islamic sharia law, public Eid prayers can still be performed at mosques and fields, but without shaking hands and with limited sermons. The iconic public parade of decorated vehicles with loudspeakers invoking God's name was scrapped this year.

“It’s too sad ... the whole week used to be one long festival, but not this time,” said Muchtar Yusuf, a resident of Aceh’s Lhokseumawe city.

The province has reported zero coronavirus cases in the past weeks and has had only one death and 19 confirmed infections.

Unlike Aceh, mosques and fields in Jakarta, which are usually always crowded with Eid worshippers, stood empty after authorities extended the lockdown to June 4, suspended communal gatherings and banned private cars from leaving the capital.

Jakarta has become the epicenter of the COVID-19 outbreak in Indonesia with 6,515 confirmed cases with 501 deaths as of Saturday.