Dance performances from Indonesia, such as Bajidor Kahot, Pendet,and Kinang Kilaras enlivened Malay Day 2023; one of the biggest cultural festivals in southern Thailand. The festival held in Yala Province from 24 until 26 of February 2023 has been initiated by the Yala City government since 2014 to introduce Malay culture through collaboration with the Indonesian Consulate in Songkhla and the Malaysian Consulate General in Songkhla.
The Indonesian Consulate in Songkhla in a written statement on Saturday (25/2) stated that Melayu Day 2023 featured culture, fashion and dance performances, as well as cultural seminars, educational exhibitions, culinary promotions, and typical products from the participating countries, such as Indonesia, Malaysia, and Thailand. Indonesia's participation is a good momentum to keep promoting Indonesia, especially in the fields of culture, education, and the creative economy in southern Thailand.
Dancers from Galuh University, West Java are said to have performed the Jaipong and Sekar Putri dances, while Dharma Wanita Persatuan of the Indonesian Consulate in Songkhla performed by contributing the songs,TobeloandGemu Fa Mi Re.
In addition to dance performances, the batik activity guided by the Yogyakarta Madani Batik Studio also received a warm welcome from visitors who wanted to try their own batik.
Kadin DKI Jakarta in the field of fashion industry did not miss taking part in introducing Indonesian clothing in the fashion show event.
The festival was also attended by a number of Indonesian educational institutions, including Yogyakarta State University, Jakarta National University, and North Sumatra Muhammadiyah University. They introduced their respective study programs to the visitors at educational exhibitions.
The visitors also had the opportunity to sample a variety of Indonesian culinary and UMKM products from Bandung Indonesian Muslim Entrepreneurs Association and Dharma Wanita of the Indonesian Consulate in Songkhla.
Secretary-General of Thailand's Southern Border Provinces Administrative Center, Rear Admiral Somkiat Polprayoon officially opened the Melayu Day 2023 event. The opening ceremony was attended by Deputy Governor Yala, Mayor Yala, Indonesian Consul Songkhla, and representatives from the Malaysian Consulate General Songkhla.