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Thousands of Indonesians celebrating Idul Fitri in London

  • News Desk

    The Jakarta Post

London   /   Mon, June 26, 2017   /   03:02 pm
Thousands of Indonesians celebrating Idul Fitri in London Indonesian Ambassador to the United Kingdom Rizal Sukma (left) and other embassy officials join thousands of Indonesians residing in the UK to perform the Idul Fitri prayer at the ambassador's official residence in London on Sunday, June 25, 2016. (Courtesy of Indonesian Embassy in London/file)

Some 1,600 Indonesians attended the Idul Fitri prayer and halal bi halal (post-Ramadhan gathering to ask for forgiveness) at the official residence of Indonesian Ambassador to the United Kingdom Rizal Sukma in London on Sunday morning, local time.

They joined the event on the heels of a series of terrorist attacks in London.

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The prayer was led by the embassy’s Education and Culture Attaché Endang Aminudi Azis, according to an embassy statement made available to The Jakarta Post on Monday.

A political communications professor from the School of Education and Social Science at the University of Indonesia, Karim Suryadi, delivered the sermon, which reminded the members of the congregation to respect each other and to avoid prejudice.

After the prayer, Rizal and his wife, along with Bank Indonesia's representative in London, Endy Dwi Tjahjono, hosted the halal bi halal, which was attended by Indonesians of different religions. Authentic Indonesian foods such as opor ayam and rendang were served.

A female group performs an Islamic musical composition during an Idul Fitri celebration at the official residence of Indonesian Ambassador to the UK, Rizal Sukma, in London on June 25, which was attended by thousands of Indonesians residing in the United Kingdom.(Courtesy of Indonesian Embassy in London/file)

Rizal said during the event, which concluded a series of Ramadhan activities in London, Idul Fitri in the United Kingdom provided momentum to strengthen the relationships of Indonesians overseas, especially in Britain.

About 10,000 Indonesians resided in the UK in 2015, of which more than 2,000 were students, according to the embassy's data. (bbs/ecn)