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Jakarta Post

Rain or shine, Indonesians in India celebrate independence in high spirits

  • Tama Salim

    The Jakarta Post

New Delhi, India   /   Sat, August 17, 2019   /  05:37 pm
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Indonesian Ambassador to India Sidharto Reza Suryodipuro (right) salutes the national flag during a ceremony to commemorate 74 years of Indonesia’s independence, in New Delhi, India on Saturday, August 17, 2019. (JP/Tama Salim)

Light showers and a cool breeze set the scene as hundreds of Indonesians from across India gathered to take part in Indonesia's 74th Independence Day celebrations at the Indonesian Embassy compound in New Delhi early on Saturday. Sidharto Reza Suryodipuro, Indonesia's Ambassador to India and host of the day's processions, led a flag-hoisting ceremony in front of hundreds of people from the Indonesian diaspora, including embassy staffers, students and guests and friends of Indonesia. The ceremony kicked off at 9 a.m. local time with the backdrop of light showers — in parts of India considered a symbol of renewal — as the Indonesian community slowly gathered onto the ceremony grounds clad in brightly-colored batik. The ceremony featured Paskibra (national flag-hoisting squad) comprising a gaggle of young Indonesians who were selected as first-time part...