THE CELEBRATION OF 72ND INDEPENDENCE DAY OF THE REPUBLIC OF INDONESIA
17 August 2017
More than 200 Indonesian and local Darwinian participated in the Flag Raising Ceremony to commemorate the Celebration of 72nd Indonesia Independence Day on 17th August 2017 at the Consulate of the Republic of Indonesia in Darwin.
This year Independence Day theme is "Indonesia Working Together". This theme represents the root of Indonesian culture "gotong royong" or mutual cooperation which is the embodiment of the harmony of togetherness that has become the most effective social adhesive for Indonesian people. This theme also invites all Indonesian people to be united in diversity and to put forward a sense of togetherness.
In his speech, Indonesian Consul in Darwin, Andre Omer Siregar said, "The theme of Indonesian Independence Day Celebration implies the Government's commitment to unite together with all levels of society to work together through all obstacles. Hopefully this national theme can also be the trigger for us all in the Northern Territory to jointly build our beloved nation and country, Indonesia".
He also mention the role of Indonesian diaspora in Northern Territory to act as representatives of Indonesian people, "On this occasion, I appeal to all Indonesian Citizens in the Northern Territory to always comply with the applicable laws of Australia, to be a proud member of Northern Territory community. To all the elders and Indonesian community leaders, students and Working Holiday Visa (WHV) holders in NT, let's support each other for the preparation of the next generation of Indonesian people in the Northern Territory, whether in the form of economy, culture, youth and education cooperation. Mutual learning from the elderly will gives encouragement and support for the young so that the Indonesian community in NT can be a role model in Australians and become inspiration and partners for our brothers and sisters in Indonesia".
This year flag raising ceremony was quite special, because it coincided with the existence of five interns from Indonesia who are doing an apprentice program at Indonesian Consulate in Darwin. They are students of Warmadewa University in Bali, University of Science and Technology Jayapura in Papua and Universiti Utara Malaysia. They all took part as officers in the ceremony. Also 12 (twelve) Indonesian students from Darwin also take part as troops who raised and lowered the national flag (Paskibraka). This ceremony was also attended by students and teachers from Darwin High School, St. John Christian College, Sattler Christian College and Citra Bangsa Christian High School Kupang.
The flag raising ceremony served as the main highlight for series of activities held by Indonesian Consulate to celebrate the Independence Day. On 23th July 2017, the Consulate held Indonesian Traditional Games Competition, which gathered around 400 Indonesian diaspora in Darwin, and on 11th and 12th August, the Consulate had organised Karaoke Competition and Badminton Competition. On 22nd August 2017, the Consulate will hold an Independence Day Reception by inviting all Indonesian Consulate counterparts. This reception is based on invitation only.
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