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Jakarta Post

‘Gapura’ decorating contests liven up Independence Day

  • The Jakarta Post

  /   Tue, August 20 2019   /  01:31 am

With its special meaning of welcoming residents and visitors, decorating gapura (gateways) has long been a tradition to celebrate Independence Day on Aug. 17, and some communities have joined in the fun to enliven their neighborhood with a gapura competition.A national gapura decorating contest held by the government has inspired a community unit (RW) in Tanah Abang, Central Jakarta to build a massive gapura after seven years of not upholding the tradition.Decorated in the theme of the country’s motto Bhineka Tunggal Ika (Unity in Diversity), the residents worked hand in hand to build a 6.5-meter-tall and 7-m-wide gapura adorning the entrance to their neighborhood.Dedy Chaidir, the head of RW 04 in Taman Tanah Abang 03, where the gapura is located, said that initially residents had no intention of taking part in the competition. However, after a local flower shop offered to help constr...