Indonesian culture celebrated
The Pilbara Multicultural Association recently hosted an afternoon of food, fun and games to celebrate Indonesian Independence Day.
More than 70 people gathered at Cattrall Park for the association’s third Indonesian Independence Day celebration in Karratha on August 14.
People dressed in red and white to represent the Indonesian national flag and participated in traditional games.
There were also prizes, face painting and Indonesian food on offer.
Pilbara Multicultural Association member Sari Mort said people from all over Karratha had made it down to the celebration.
“Most attendees came from Karratha, Dampier, Point Samson, Wickham and represented a mixture of Indonesians, expats who used to live in Indonesia and people with a connection or interest in Indonesia,” she said.
“Besides (being) a reminder of home for Indonesian expats living and working in Karratha and surrounding (areas), this event (is) a great cultural and historical reference point for the Australian kids with Indonesian heritage.”
Ms Mort thanked the City of Karratha for its permission to use Cattrall Park, as well as the contributors and volunteers from the community.
The event was supported by the Indonesian Consulate General in Perth, Total Lifting & Rigging, ustina Pearls Collection, and Ashburton Transit.
August 17 marked 71 years since Indonesia was declared independent from the Netherlands.
Independence Day is a national holiday celebrated throughout Indonesia with parades, red-and-white dress and decorations, competitions, games, traditional cuisine, and prizes.
The Pilbara Multicultural Association hosts a variety of multicultural events and celebrations throughout the year, including Thai New Year, Harmony Week and cooking classes.
The association works to unite people of all cultural backgrounds in the Pilbara.
Luh Wi Bern and Nyoman Sariani enjoy traditional games.