New Year’s Eve celebrations across Jakarta were wet due to pouring rain, but the festivities were cheerful nevertheless.
The smiles of a newlywed couple posing for a portrait after taking part in a mass wedding ceremony held by the Jakarta administration on Jl. MH Thamrin, Central Jakarta, symbolized a new hope in welcoming 2019.
Last year was difficult, with natural disasters hitting several provinces. Earthquakes hit Lombok, West Nusa Tenggara, liquefaction and a tsunami hit Palu, Central Sulawesi, and, most recently, a tsunami struck several coastal regions following an eruption from Anak Krakatau in the Sunda Strait.
The year ahead will be a tough one. Indonesia is facing a political year with the presidential and legislative elections on April 17. Amid concerns over disintegration, Indonesia must return to its national philosophy of Bhinneka Tunggal Ika (Unity in Diversity) and should not be a disunited country.
The nation faces more challenges ahead and, hopefully, the people will overcome them for a better future.
Happy New Year!