This morning I was very fortunate to be able to witness the celebrations of Idul Adha (Festival of Sacrifice) at Pelabuhan Sunda Kelapa. Idul Adha is an important religious holiday celebrated by Muslims worldwide to commemorate the willingness of Abraham (Ibrahim) to sacrifice his son Ishmael (Ismai’il) as an act of obedience to God, before God intervened to provide him with a ram to sacrifice instead. The meat is divided into three parts to be distributed to others. The family retains one third of the share, another third is given to relatives, friends and neighbors, and the other third is given to the poor & needy.
The harbour was the most picturesque setting for the morning prayers and every inch of ground for miles was filled with colour. As always, everyone made me feel so welcome… another of many reasons why we love Jakarta!