Naveed Ahmad Khan
Indonesia proclaimed her Independence on August 17th 1945. This year the Indonesian nation is celebrating the 74thanniversary of theIndependence 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 H.E. Mr. 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 H.E. Mr. Iwan S. Amriand 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.