The Indonesian community celebrated ‘Indonesia Day’ in Kuwait with hundreds of its nationals clad in traditional costumes at the Kuwait Karate Federation on Friday. The annual occasion was organized in cooperation between the embassy and the community spearheaded by the Indonesian Ambassador to Kuwait H.E. Tatang Budie Utama Razak. Members of the diplomatic corps and invited guests graced the occasion. Ambassadors and diplomats from the ASEAN countries: Vietnam, Cambodia, Laos, Malaysia, Brunei, Myanmar, Philippines and Thailand with India, Bangladesh, South Korea, Pakistan, Netherlands, Nigeria, South Africa, Swaziland and Switzerland also came to the event.
In his welcome remarks, the Indonesian Ambassador lauded the community for their cooperation and for nourishing the spirit of nationalism and patriotism in their hearts and thanked the dignitaries for sharing such occasion with the community. The celebrations started with vocalists singing a patriotic song ‘Gebyar Indonesia’ while in between the Envoy recited in poetic form verses of the song and it was followed by a Balinese dance. The crowd cheered as the Envoy belted out a song and asked the Gym Team instructors to back him up with a dance. Zumba routine presented by the instructors invited everyone to a ten-minute workout. A photo session with the Ambassador immediately followed and the viewing of the booths and stalls situated around the hall.
Among the highlights of the occasion were the karaoke singing competition, vocal renditions and dances by Al Husna Communtiy, Legong Balinese Dance, ICFK, Al Inabah, Egaila Band Badingding dance and a standup comedy act. Winners of the competitions of chess, domino, badminton, table tennis, volleyball and Futsal were also announced and they received gifts. Later, winners of the Karaoke singing contest were called out. Armania band performed to end the occasion.
Traditional food from different provinces of Indonesia and a volunteer medical team were available throughout the celebration.
By Ricky Laxa