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Indonesian Cardinal wishes Idul Fitri’s Blessings reach all nations, entire universe

Cardinal Ignatius Suharyo

Cardinal Ignatius Suharyo Hardjoatmodjo wished that the bounties of Idul Fitri extend to all nations and the universe as he congratulated Indonesian Muslims on their Feats Day on April 22.

He said, "With all Catholics in the Jakarta Archdiocese, I sincerely and gratefully want to wish a happy Eid al-Fitr 1 Shawwal 1444 Hijriah to my Muslim brothers and sisters in Indonesia.”

"May its blessings and rewards reach all nations and the universe," said the cardinal.

"Mohon maaf lahir dan batin," added the cardinal in his message, which translates to 'Forgive me for having erred; let's begin again!

After an isbat (confirmation) meeting on Thursday evening, the Indonesian government announced that Idul Fitri would be celebrated on Saturday, 22.

"The meeting decided that 1 Syawal of the Hijriah [Islamic calendar] 1444 falls on Saturday, April 22, 2023", Religious Affairs Minister Yaqut Cholil Qoumas said at the press conference after the meeting at the ministry office in Jakarta. 

Eid al-Fitr is called the "Festival of Breaking the Fast." It signifies the conclusion of Ramadan, the holy month of fasting for Muslims. Friends congratulate one another, exchange gifts, wear new clothes, and visit relatives' graves during Eid al-Fitr.

Indonesia is the country with the world's most significant Muslim population. About 231 million out of a total population of 274 million in Indonesia adhere to Islam.


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