The Indonesian Embassy in Dhaka, Bangladesh, celebrated the 77th Anniversary of Indonesian Independence with the people and the Indonesian diaspora. Photo/KBRI Dhaka
When the celebration took place lively at the Indonesian Embassy in Dhaka, the song “Indonesia Raya” also reverberated solemnly in the Kathmandu Valley, the foothills of the Himalayas, on August 17, 2022 morning.
The Indonesian Independence Day ceremony at the foot of the Himalayas was carried out by the Honorary Consul of the Republic of Indonesia based in Kathmandu, Nepal, Chandra Prasad Dakkal, which was attended by Indonesian citizens (WNI) and the Indonesian diaspora in Nepal.
The ceremony was carried out with a simple, but very solemn and full of emotion. In fact, the participants of the ceremony even shed tears while singing the Indonesian national anthem.
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The feelings of emotion were also conveyed by Indonesian citizens in Dhaka. “Thanks to the Indonesian Embassy in Dhaka for inviting us, throughout the ceremony, I didn’t stop crying because I was moved and missed Indonesia,” said Mirisa, a professional Indonesian citizen who works for WHO Bangladesh.
In Dhaka, the event began with a red-and-white flag raising ceremony by flag-raising troops (paskibra) under the guidance of the Defense Attache of the Indonesian Embassy in Dhaka, Colonel Azwan Abdi.
After the ceremony, the celebration continued with the “Keruk Tumpeng” event, where pieces of tumpeng rice were given to several community representatives who were considered to have contributed to the smooth running of the vision and mission of the Indonesian Embassy in Dhaka.
Throughout the month of August, every weekend, the Indonesian Embassy in Dhaka organizes various exciting competitions for the entire community and the Indonesian diaspora, including for children. These include a cracker eating competition, a marble-carrying competition with a spoon in the mouth, table tennis, dominoes and other fun activities.
Traditional Indonesian food is also always available every week and throughout the event to treat homesickness.