Colour­ful cel­e­bra­tion

Chi­nese New Year is set to come alive in all of its colours and fra­grances when the In­done­sian Di­as­pora Net­work WA holds a din­ner and fes­ti­val at the South Perth Com­mu­nity Hall.

Southern Gazette (South Perth) - - FRONT PAGE - Aaron Cor­lett

THE In­done­sian Di­as­pora Net­work WA is promis­ing de­light­ful smells and sights at its in­au­gu­ral Chi­nese New Year event.

A din­ner will take place at the South Perth Com­mu­nity Hall on Fe­bru­ary 11 be­fore a fes­ti­val takes place on Fe­bru­ary 12.

Cel­e­bra­tion com­mit­tee mem­ber Hasan Sidi said smaller events had been held in pre­vi­ous years but this was the first time the com­mu­nity came to­gether for a big event.

“The Chi­nese-In­done­sian com­mu­nity is quite big but there’s never been an event like this when we all get to­gether,” he said,

“There was also a push from the Con­sulate Gen­eral of the Repub­lic of In­done­sia in Perth to put on the event.”

Mr Sidi said In­done­sians cel­e­brated Chi­nese New Year with a twist, com­pared to other na­tion­al­i­ties.

“When the Chi­nese ar­rived in In­done­sia they min­gled with the in­dige­nous pop­u­la­tion; they cre­ated an in­ter­est­ing cul­tural mix,” he said.

“There are some sim­i­lar­i­ties in the way In­done­sian peo­ple cel­e­brate Chi­nese New Year but there are spe­cific dif­fer­ences.

“In­done­sia is mainly a Mus­lim coun­try so the dishes need to be ap­pro­pri­ate; chicken is sub­sti­tuted in for pork.

“There are other spe­cial dishes like Lon­tong Cap­gomeh, which is a rice cake wrapped in banana leaf, formed like a tube, and then cut into pieces to rep­re­sent the full moon.”

“We will have 250 peo­ple at the din­ner, which has ac­tu­ally sold out, and there will be lion dances and tra­di­tional dances.”

Cel­e­bra­tion com­mit­tee chair­man Lim Se­ti­awan said the fes­ti­val would fea­ture a num­ber of ex­cit­ing ac­tiv­i­ties.

“There will be cul­tural per­for­mances, culi­nary work­shops and food stalls, which will sell tra­di­tional food.

“We are ex­pect­ing about 500 peo­ple at the fes­ti­val, I think there are lots of peo­ple look­ing for­ward to the event be­cause it’s some­thing open to all of the com­mu­nity.”

The money raised from the events will go to char­i­ties Aus­tralia Oikos Care and Shoes for Flores.

Pic­ture: Will Rus­sell

Colour­ful char­ac­ters: Her­min Blox­ham and Chris­tine Lim.

Pic­ture: Will Rus­sell www.com­mu­ni­typix.com.au d464824

Her­min Blox­ham, Chris­tine Lim, Lim Se­ti­awan and Hasan Sidi, of the In­done­sian Di­as­pora Net­work WA.

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