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Jakarta Post

‘Blessing rain’ hits closing ceremony

  • Vela Andapita

    The Jakarta Post

Jakarta   /   Tue, September 4 2018   /  01:00 am

Rio Afrianshah arrived at the Gelora Bung Karno (GBK) sports complex in Senayan, Central Jakarta, before 3 p.m. on Sunday to watch the closing ceremony of the Asian Games. He was dressed comfortably in a shirt, jeans and cap to counter the intense heat.

As he arrived, strong winds and heavy rain struck the area.

Rio and thousands of others rushed to get into the main stadium, trying their best not to get soaked by the falling rain.

They were there to witness the closing ceremony of Asia’s biggest multisport event where some of the performers were literally singing in the rain.

It was the first rains to hit the event in two weeks.

The heavy rain, which soaked Greater Jakarta, got people like Rio thinking: “The sudden change in weather had us asking the question: ‘Why didn’t the organizers hire a pawang hujan (rain shaman)?’” he recalled on...