Celebrating the Islamic New Year in Indonesia

Wonderful Muharram at Blang Field, Bandar Aceh. Photo Source AWWonderful Muharram at Blang Field, Bandar Aceh. Photo Source AW

Indonesians are celebrating the Islamic New Year (or 1437 Hijri in the Islamic calender) on 14 October 2015. It commemorates the emigration of Prophet Muhammad from Mecca to Madina and Indonesians celebrate the occasion in many ways. Most hold family prayers to mark the end of a year and the start of the new one but there are also other ways people in various other parts of Indonesia celebrate the blessed moment.

In Banda Aceh, the local government is holding a celebration entitled “Wonderful Muharram”. The celebration was kick started by having a mass preaching session followed by performances from Islamic song and dance group at Blang Padang Field on 13 October 2015. The following day, a big carnival featuring hundreds of students wearing Islamic costumes and parade of replicas of Islamic holy places was held at the main streets of Banda Aceh.

In another part of Sumatera on the eve of the new year, the Grand Mosque of Medan was filled with thousands of ummat who were conducting their dusk prayer (Maghrib) together with the Acting Governor of North Sumatera Province, H.T. Erry Nuradi. After the prayer, the Acting Governor then flagged off the pawai obor (long march where every participant holds onto a torch) which is a trademark event of Islamic New Year there.

Part of the Satu Suro ceremony in Sukarta. Photo Source WARTAinfo.comPart of the Satu Suro ceremony in Sukarta. Photo Source WARTAinfo.com

Meanwhile, in Surakarta, Central Java, the celebration which is affectionately referred to as Satu Suro by the local citizens was attended by the Minister of Social Affairs Khofifah Indar Parawangsa and the Governor of Central Java Ganjar Pranowo. Located at the Palace of Pura Mangkunegara, the event was started off with a silent walkabout of the palace’s sacred artifacts led by a member of the royal family. Then, the artifacts were bathed and cleansed with water. As part of the tradition, the water which was used to wash the artifacts was then distributed to hundreds of locals who packed the area.

These diverse ways of celebrating the Islamic New Year highlights how the myriads of cultures exist in the archipelago known as Indonesia.
– by Michael J Kristiono

Opportunity Uzbekistan 2013 – OUT NOW


Opportunity Uzbekistan 2013, published by Sun Media Pte Ltd is available now.
Singapore-Uzbekistan ties with highlights that include:
– President Islam Karimov Independence Day Message
– Investment Potential of Uzbekistan
– Successful Uzbek+S’pore Joint Venture Project in IT
– MDIS is in Tashkent!
– Singapore delegation visit to Housing Conference Using the ‘Uzbek Model’
– Singapore Chef and Cookbook author, Devagi Sunmugan samples Uzbek fare
– Singapore percussion group, Nadi, receives merit prize at Sharq Taronalari Music Festival
– Raffles Institution visit Tashkent, Bukhara & Samarkand.

RSBF 2013: Connecting Markets, Linking Businesses


Opening ceremony speeches: Mr Rustam Minnikhanov, President of Tatarstan and Mr Tharman Shanmugaratnam, Singapore’s Deputy Prime Minister & Minister of Finance

Deputy Prime Minister and Minister for Finance, Mr Tharman Shanmugratnam opened this year’s 8th Russia-Singapore Business Forum (RSBF) this morning at Suntec City. The RSBF, he said, has come to play an important role for businesses in both countries and he made some observations on bilateral links such as bilateral trade has tripled over the last five years. There are now more than 400 Russian companies in Singapore. Opportunities abound in Russia which has 140 million increasingly affluent people.  He also highlighted how. “Overall relations with Russia have become much broader and deeper in scope.” Singapore today is now active in a wider array of business sectors in Russia and engaging the country at the regional level. Delegations from the Tatarstan, Bashkortostan and Sverdlovsk regions are also standing the Forum.
During the opening ceremony, the President of the Republic of Tatrstan, Mr Rustam Minnikhanov spoke on Tatarstan’s Singapore Experience. Singapore’s Senior Minister of State, Minister of Trade & Industry, Mr Lee Yi Shyan was also present to witness the signing of the Nanyang Technological University (NTU) R&D joint project with Sportmaster, Russia’s leading sports retail giant. The S$5 million Sportmaster Group Innovation Centre aims to pioneer breakthroughs in sports technology that can be used in developing a full range of innovative sports apparel and equipment for sale in Sportmaster’s retail chain of 368 outlets in over 80 cities worldwide.


Signing Ceremony for Joint Project between Sportmaster and Nanyang Technological University’s Institute for Sports Research witnessed by Mr Lee Yi Shyan (centre), Singapore’s Senior Minister of State, Minister of Trade & Industry

Opportunity Indonesia at Embassy Celebrations Tonight!

Indonesia Celebrated its 68th Anniversary of Independence on 17th August 2013. Sun Media would like to wish all Indonesians in Singapore especially those attending tonight’s Reception to commemorate the nation’s Anniversary at the Indonesian Embassy in Singapore hosted by the Ambassador of the Republic of Indonesia and Mrs Ferial Saad Hadi.

Opportunity Indonesia 2013 will also be launched at the event. This commemorative special is published by Sun Media Pte Ltd under the advocacy of the Ambassador, His Excellency Andri Hadi.  This year’s contents include stories on bilateral ties & trade, Indonesia’s investment outlook & performance, tourism and for the first time – a light ‘Top Five’ look at popular Indonesian fashion, food, books, destinations and even movies!

In his message, HE Andri Hadi, wrote “Indonesia stands at the cusp of a new era of development. It is instructive to note ASEAN today contributes as much as 25 per cent to the world’s GDP; so it’s difficult to talk about the world economy without involving ASEAN. In turn, within ASEAN, Indonesia is the largest economy contributing about 40 per cent to the grouping’s total GDP. Amidst global economic uncertainties in the US and Europe, there are still growth opportunities within ASEAN. Intra-ASEAN trade is projected to grow at eight per cent annually, presenting a substantive market for our SMEs. Therefore, the biggest business opportunity is now in Indonesia as one of the emerging market economies in the world with 248 million population. A growing middle class will offer private-sector businesses an opportunity to access US$1.8 billion market by 2030 (according to a McKinsey & Co report). So the potential impact of a growing and dynamic Indonesia will be felt regionally and internationally.”

India-Brunei Partnership of Peace & Progress Launch


At the India High Commission celebrations of India’s 67th Independence Day in Brunei Darussalam, H.E. LD Ralte, the Indian High Commissioner also commemorated the occasion with the launch of the Embassy’s publication ‘India-Brunei Partnership of Peace & Progress on 15th August 2013. The publication details India’s bilateral relations with the Sultanate and ASEAN (which Brunei is the current chair). Leading members of the Indian diaspora community also contributed messages; trade and investment, travel and arts-cultural articles are also featured in the annual commemorative special. Pictured above is the Ambassador introducing the magazine and talking with the press.

India-Brunei Partnership of Peace & Progress was published by Sun Media in association with the High Commission of India in Bandar Seri Begawan under the advocacy of H.E. L D Ralte,  High Commissioner of India in Bandar Seri Begawan.