Towards Eid the custom of Indonesian people is to return to their hometowns or in the general public known as going home, but this year going home is one of the problems because it is feared that the Corona Virus will spread.
Therefore, Lecturers in the Faculty of Social and Political Sciences at the Medan Area University held a discussion program with the theme “Corona Stalking Travelers” on Friday 15 May 2020 at 14.00 Via Cloudx.
Routine discussions that are held every Friday are started by doctoral candidates Drs. Indra Muda, MAP as the resource person was moderated by Rehia K.I Barus, MSP,
In his presentation, Drs. Indra Muda said that the annual routine of urban communities before Eid al-Fitr (Eid) in Indonesia would be a surge in the flow back and forth. The high interest of travelers celebrating Eid in their hometown is strongly influenced by the moral message that parents often instill in their children with a philosophy, As far as the feet wander, never forget the hometown.
This philosophy is often associated with the legends of ungodly children such as Sampuraga in Mandailing Natal, Malin Kundang in West Sumatra, Amat Rahmanyang in Aceh, if they forget their hometown, they will also forget both parents who always expect the arrival of their children and relatives.
With this philosophy, the inner bond between urban communities and their hometowns will not be easily broken even though they have long left their home regions.
The call of the soul to the hometown with relatives is always attached to look back at the game at a young age, meet old friends at an early age, release homesick with relatives and most importantly, apologize and bow down before the two mothers/fathers
The most appropriate atmosphere for this is during Eid al-Fitr because many of the other immigrant colleagues usually return home.
The challenges and risks faced by travelers to their hometowns are very risky, but each year their numbers continue to increase, both using public transportation and private vehicles.
Apart from safety risks, the expenses incurred by travelers are not insignificant, one year of income is spent celebrating once Eid. Such is the myth adopted by homecoming communities in several regions,
Another risk that may be experienced by travelers when they are in their hometown is the safety of the house left behind, without guards so that if the thief is entered it will be freer to take the items in it.
However, with challenges and risks why do people always want to go home?
The biggest reason is visiting parents in the yard beside the busy city bustle, frustration due to traffic congestion, increasingly dynamic life competition can be forgotten while in his hometown.
The mind can be emptied of professional activities, there are only jokes, laughter, fun and “silaturrahmi” which provide inner peace that cannot be obtained in an increasingly dynamic atmosphere of city life
After finding inner peace, Eid al-Fitr becomes the initial momentum of the awakening to achieve better achievements and careers in the future.
However, in 2020 the threat of COVID 19 spread throughout the world and various corners of the country. To stop the spread of this virus, the steps that the government continues to encourage are maintaining social distancing.
Eid Al-Fitr Eid is already in sight, (May 24, 2020 (1441 H) that will come to be a serious threat of the spread of the coronavirus brought by travelers to their hometowns.
Because if the homecoming person has been infected, not only can he endanger himself but also can transmit the virus to relatives in his hometown.
Responding to the appeal of the government to break the chain of the spread of COVID 19 with social distancing and activities at home, it needs to be supported by all levels of society.
Therefore Eid in the yard of the yard which has become our habit so far can be postponed for the sake of humanity. For the sake of the vanguard of the medical teams that are directly fighting the COVID 19 global epidemic