Tanzania roots for strong relations with Indonesia

18Jun 2018
The Guardian Reporter
The Guardian
Tanzania roots for strong relations with Indonesia

THE Indonesian ambassador to Tanzania Prof Ratlan Pardedede has pledged to strengthen cooperation between the two countries in various areas for the people’s welfare.

Speaking during Eid el Fitri festivals at the open house of the Indonesian embassy in Dar es Salaam over the weekend, he said the festivity transcends the boundary of state and nationality, and in the moment he would like to show the Indonesian way of celebration.

"I hope you and all can enjoy the experience of Indonesian hospitality here, and may this be another step to strengthen Indonesia-Tanzanian people to people cooperation," he said.

He said after a full month of battling from hunger, thirst, anger, and all other earthly desires, Eid el Fitr is a manifestation of human struggle to be returned as a better person, returning to our fitrahis also a means of living according to a moral, whole economy, an economic ethic driven primarily by relationship rather than financial gains.

Throughout the world, it is celebrated with various way and tradition. Citing, he said for Indonesian people, the country with biggest Moslem population in the world as well as the third largest democracy in the world, it is transcending further beyond religious celebration. It becomes a celebration of people, where all part of the society, without regards of the class, ethnicity, race, and even religion will take part in the celebration.

"For Indonesian people, the celebration is one of the most anticipated event each year, because on that time, people can gather with their families, relatives and dearest friends, while enjoying mouthwatering Indonesian culinary,’’ he said.

He added: “It’s no wonder that for most of Indonesian citizen living abroad, the Eid 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 Eid el Fitri celebration in the homeland, because it's also showcasing the celebration of diversity and tolerance that is deep-rooted in the blood of Indonesian people.

With that reason as a background, he said they host the event in Dar es Salaam, to strengthen bond with all Indonesian citizen in 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.

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