In­done­sian cul­ture cel­e­brated

Pilbara News - - Life­style - Louise Alling­ham

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.

Pic­ture: Sari Mort

Luh Wi Bern and Ny­oman Sar­i­ani en­joy tra­di­tional games.

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