By Azania Post Reporter
The Indonesian Ambassador to Tanzania Prof Ratlan Pardedede has insisted to strengthen cooperation between the two countries in various areas for the betterment of people from all parties.
Speaking during Eid el Fitri open house of Indonesian embassy in Dar es Salaam over the weekend, he said the festivity transcend the boundary of state and nationality, and at the moment he would like to show Indonesian way of celebrating.
“I hope you and all can enjoy the experience of Indonesian hospitality here, and may this be another step to strengthen Indonesia - Tanzania people to people cooperation”, he said.
He said after a full month of battling from hunger, thirst, anger, and all other earthly desires, Ied Al Fitri is a manifestation of human struggle to be reborn as a better person, going back to their fitrah, to be pure just like the day we were born.
Throughout the world, it is celebrated with various way and tradition.
Citing, he said for Indonesian people, the country with the biggest Moslem population in the world as well as the third largest democracy in the world, it is transcending further behind the religious celebration.
It becomes a celebration of people, where all part of the society, without regards to the class, ethnicity, race, and even religion will take part in the celebration.
“For Indonesian people, the celebration is one of the most anticipated events each year, because, on that time, people can gather with their families, relatives, and dearest friends, while enjoying mouth-watering Indonesian culinary”, he said.
He added that: It’s no wonder that for most of the Indonesian citizen living abroad, the Ied Al Fitri celebration is on the top of the list of things that can make us feel homesick.
According to him, the Indonesian also have a big proud of the Ied Al Fitri celebration in the homeland, because it’s also showcasing the celebration of diversity and tolerance that is deeprooted in the blood of Indonesian people.
With that reason as a background, he said they host the event in Dar es Salaam, to strengthen a bond with all Indonesian citizen in the accredited area.
“We hope that this event can cure a bit of the homesickness for Indonesian citizen which missing the atmosphere of the celebration”, he said.
The event attracted many people from Muslim community including, Sheikh Issa Othman Issa, Grand Imam of masjid Ma’amoor, and also a member of National Council of Ulamaa, as well as some of members of Masjid Ma’amoor, Dar es Salaam.