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22
September

 

PHOTO : DETIKTRAVEL

 

 

Porelea is a remote village at Pipikoro, Sigi regency, Central Sulawesi. The old hamlet is located at the slope with an average slope of over 30 percent . The native population of the hamlet is Topo Uma. They plant coffee and cocoa trees. Although they are Christians, they still preserve their local wisdoms which still contain of mysticism. One of them is Rego dance.

Raego or Rego dancing in a circle formation while singing long lyrics in old Uma local language. Rego lyrics are diverse, in accordance with the event which is held. The lyrics are different, in accordance with the event. The Rego after the harvest, the lyrics are about the process of opening field, planting, and harvesting. If rego is danced as entertainment for a family in mourning, its lyrics contain of a human life cycle from birth to deathand also telling the goodness of the dead person while he/she was alive. Usually, the Rego is danced after religious ceremony.

The Rego is also danced when welcoming honor guests. The Lyrics are about happiness of the host over the guest’s attendance, and hope the meeting will bring benefit for both sides, and the guests come home safely. When welcoming the guest, Rego dance is usually performed at Loboor village’s hall. The Rego is danced by dozens of men and women. The men wear halili customs or traditional clothes of Kulawi tribeOn their waists are banded guma or parang and they use headband or siga.

22
September

PHOTO : MINA NEWS

 

 

Indonesian Deputy Chief of Mission in Moscow, Azis Nurwahyudi on Thursday (17/9) invited the owner of Samara-based Tourism Company "U-Ra Group Companies" Olga Lashenko Makaryan and Victoria Agalakova to promote Indonesia. Azis Nurwahyu said that besides Bali, Indonesia has many tourism destinations that are also beautiful and unique. Social and Culture Information Function at Indonesian Embassy in Moscow, Enjay Diana in his statement (19/9) said that the visit to Samara was part of the Indonesian Embassy in establishing cooperation to promote Indonesia to potential tourist sources in Russia. Besides, his side wanted to remind Russians to visit Indonesia after the pandemic.

Besides Bali, the Indonesian Embassy in Moscow also promoted the 10 New Balis. The Indonesian Embassy will also hold the 10 New Bali promotion and Indonesian cultural show in Samara in November 2021 which is supported by U-Ra Group Companies. In the visit to Samara, Azis Nurwahyudi also met Indonesian students who study at some higher educations in Samara. There are six Indonesian students in Samara and they study Aeronautical Engineering, Rocket Complexes and Space Science, as well as Oil and Gas Engineering.

22
September

PHOTO : MONITORKEADILAN

 

 

Apart from the Covid-19 pandemic, something that has received full attention of the Indonesian people is the 2020 simultaneous Regional Head Election (Pilkada 2020). The 2020 Pilkada is scheduled to be held simultaneously on December 9, 2020, in 270 cities and regencies across 9 provinces in Indonesia. Over the last few days, proposal for postponement of the Pilkada 2020 hasarisen due to the Covid-19 pandemic. The proposal to postpone the 2020 Pilkada came from various groups, such as the Governors, the largest Religious Organization in Indonesia, and the 12th Vice President Jusuf Kalla. In an interview with a TV station, Jusuf Kalla said that the implementation of the Pilkada on schedule is a choice, namely the choice of taking risks to the people or the choice of choosing a leader who could actually be postponed.

The choice has been made by the Indonesian Government. Presidential Spokesperson, Fadjroel Rachman in a media release published Monday (21/9) entitled ‘Pilkada on schedule, democratic and safe for Covid-19.’ He said that the Pilkada will be on schedule to safeguard the people's constitutional rights, the rights to be voted and the rights to vote. The 2020 Pilkada will be held with the application of strict health protocols. President Joko Widodo reaffirmed that the 2020 Pilkada will continue to be held on schedule. Because no single country knows when the Covid-19 pandemic will shake off. Thereby, the implementation of Pilkada must follow strict health protocols in order to be safe and remain democratic. The implementation of the Pilkada according to schedule also shows the international community that Indonesia is a constitutional democracy and maintains the sustainability of a democratic government system in accordance with the Pancasila ideology and the 1945 constitution.

The 2020 Pilkada must continue. What must be prepared so that it will take place according to the schedule is democratic and safe from Covid-19. On schedule and democratically, God’s willing; Indonesia is able to implement it. The fact is that success of the 2019 simultaneous general election has proven. Heavy duties and responsibilities for organizers, Pilkada participants, supporting parties, supporters and citizens are safe from Covid-19. There is a habit of Indonesian people who are always enthusiastic in every Democratic Party by getting to know the candidates who will be selected. It is undeniable that this could still occur. Obedience to maintaining health protocols is possible to ignore. This is the hard work for the 2020 Pilkada organizers, namely the General Election Commission -KPU. Hopefully, there is still enough time to prepare more appropriate methods and models in the preparation process until the Pilkada implementation. Maybe it can make proposals from many parties to carry out Pilkada by e-voting. Candidates for regional heads and their success teams must think about a more appropriate campaign method by prioritizing the health of their citizens. Of course, prospective voters must improve their awareness of implementing health protocols. Because it cannot be denied that the key success of the 2020 Pilkada which is on schedule, democratic and safe from Covid-9 is the prospective voters.


Hopefully, the Covid-19 pandemic will soon fade away and the world will come to healthy life.

19
September

photo : kbridenhaag

 

 

Dancers from Madaloka Dance Studio, who performed Kuda Lumping Dance hypnotized visitors of the Open Dag 2020 event at the community activity center in Best City or commonly known as Cultuurspoor Best (Sept 12). The flexible and dynamic movements combined with the colorful costumes of the dancers made the visitors keep capturing this moment while still paying attention to health protocols. The Open Dag is an annual event held in Dutch cities. This time, the Indonesian Embassy in The Hague along with the Indonesian Ministry of Education and Culture visited the center of community activities in Best City which is located in the South of the Netherlands. Apart from introducing the Kuda Lumping dance from East Java, the Peacock Dance from West Java was also shown to the public at this activity. Nasi Tumpeng was also served to complete the experience of various Indonesian cultures and culinary delights.

Indonesia's participation in the Cultuurspoor Best also marked the opening of an Indonesian language course program for basic level foreign speakers (BIPA) and a course in traditional Indonesian dance. Both programs can be followed free of charge and are a form of cultural diplomacy carried out by the Indonesian government through the Indonesian Embassy in The Hague. Chargé d'Affaires ad Interim at the Indonesian Embassy in The Hague, Fikri Cassidy expressed his appreciation to the City Government of Best and Cultuurspoor Best for integrating Indonesian language courses and traditional Indonesian dance courses into their programs. He also said that the Indonesian Embassy in The Hague would continue to support and present programs in a bid to promote Indonesian culture in the future.

Besides the city of Best, there are also other cities in the Netherlands that support the Indonesian Cultural House (RBI) The Hague program. The high appreciation and interest from the people of Best was conveyed by Deputy Mayor of Best, Ria van der Hamsvoord-Huijber and  Director of Cultuurspoor, Ingrid van Beek in his remarks. Furthermore, he also stated that the Open Dag aims to provide information on courses that can be followed by the local community. Typical courses include multilingual courses, ballet courses, theater, and photography.