ISLAMABAD: Indonesia proclaimed her Independence on August 17th 1945. This year the Indonesian nation is celebrating the 74th anniversary of the Independence of their homeland. Every year this historic event is celebrated with great patriotic zeal and numerous exciting events throughout the archipelago and around the world. Like in all international capitals, the pinnacle celebration commemorating Independence Day was held in the morning of the 17th August at the Indonesian Embassy in Islamabad.
The auspicious day began with the impressive Flag hoisting ceremony presided over by the Ambassador of the Republic of Indonesia Iwan S. Amri. Embassy’s officials along with their families and Indonesian community based in different cities of Pakistan about four hundred in number attended the ceremony with traditional national fervor.
At the ceremony, a smartly turned out group of students had the honor to receive the Indonesian flag from the Ambassador of the Republic of Indonesia Iwan S. Amri and raised it solemnly with the playing of the Indonesian National Anthem. This was followed by the reading of the text of proclamation of Independence, Indonesian philosophy of Pancasila and the Preamble of the Indonesian constitution.
The ceremony concluded with the special prayers for the country and renewed commitment to avidly give hundred percent to make Indonesia prosperous, harmonious and invincible. After the Flag hoisting ceremony, the Indonesian students wearing colorful traditional costumes representing different parts of the country and highlighting Indonesian motto of “Unity in Diversity” made enthralling performance of patriotic songs.
It was followed by the Indonesian traditional Rice Cone Cutting ceremony performed by the Ambassador to mark the auspicious day. On the occasion, the Ambassador also honored a group of Indonesian students in Pakistan with the certificate of appreciation for being high achievers and pursuing their higher level academic programs with distinction.
The Ambassador while addressing the Indonesian community congratulated them on the Independence Day Anniversary and shared with them the highlights of ever improving all around bilateral ties between Indonesia and Pakistan. He also assured the Indonesian community that the Embassy was always there to facilitate its community in resolving their issues.
The program concluded with the distribution of prizes to the winners of the Independence Day games held at the Embassy during the months of July and August as part of the events organized to celebrate the 74th Independence Anniversary of the country. The games included different competitions such as Fun Walk, Volleyball, Lawn Tennis, Table Tennis, Tug of War, futsal and fun games for the kids.