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`Tumpengan' marks Yudhoyono's 9-9-9 birthday

  • Erwida Maulia

    The Jakarta Post

Cikeas, West Java   /   Thu, September 10 2009   /  12:59 pm

Who could be luckier than Indonesia's President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono? After recently securing a second five-year term in a landslide election victory, the President turned 60 on a "lucky" date, Sept. 9, 2009 (9-9-9). Yudhoyono was born in Pacitan, East Java, on Sept. 9, 1949, another "lucky" three nines. Indeed, his wife First Lady Ani Yudhoyono said during the tumpengan (Javanese tradition of serving people with cone-shaped rice with various side dishes) party to mark his birthday Wednesday evening that the family had hoped the party could be held at 9:09:09 a.m. in order to amplify the special air of the event. Nevertheless, regardless of whether or not Ani was serious, she explained that the family could not do so because it was a fasting day. Presidential spokesman Andi Mallarangeng said before the party that it would be only a small event for family and frien...