A day of cel­e­bra­tion

Pilbara News - - News - ■ Court­ney Fowler

More than 60 Kar­ratha res­i­dents cel­e­brated In­done­sia’s In­de­pen­dence Day this month at Cat­trall Park.

Many dressed in red and white, rep­re­sent­ing colours of the In­done­sian flag.

There were tra­di­tional games for chil­dren and adults to en­joy and de­li­cious In­done­sian food to share.

In­done­sian-born res­i­dent Sari Mort said the oc­ca­sion on Au­gust 17 marked the 70th an­niver­sary of In­done­sia as an in­de­pen­dent na­tion.

“The event served as a great cul­tural ref­er­ence point for the Aussie kids with In­done­sian her­itage,” she said.

“It was also a re­minder of home for In­done­sian ex-pats liv­ing and work­ing in the area.

“There are ap­prox­i­mately 23 fam­i­lies here — it’s like a big ex­tended fam­ily.”

Ms Mort thanked the In­done­sian con­sulate in Perth for help­ing to fund the cel­e­bra­tion.

“It was only our sec­ond time hold­ing the In­de­pen­dence Day cel­e­bra­tions in Kar­ratha, we hope to do an even big­ger event next year,” she said.

“We try to meet up ev­ery cou­ple of months, our next event will be a fam­ily din­ner in Oc­to­ber.

“It will be a good chance for any new fam­i­lies to get to know the rest of the In­done­sian com­mu­nity in the area.”

For more in­for­ma­tion or to stay con­nected, visit the In­done­sian Com­mu­nity in Kar­ratha and Sur­round­ing Ar­eas page on Face­book.

Pic­tures: Sari Mort

More than 60 Kar­ratha res­i­dents cel­e­brated In­done­sia’s In­de­pen­dence Day at Cat­trall Park.

Tina Parish and Sari Mort at the cel­e­bra­tions.

Yuyun Suk­maa.

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