Indonesian Embassy in Abu Dhabi celebrates Children's Day

ABU DHABI — As Indonesians celebrated National Children's Day yesterday, the Indonesian Embassy in Abu Dhabi organised a special programme to mark the occasion.

By A Staff Reporter

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Published: Fri 28 Jul 2006, 12:20 PM

Last updated: Sat 4 Apr 2015, 1:47 PM

Embassy staffers and other guests apart, Indonesian ambassador in Abu Dhabi Faisal Bafadal and his wife Syifa Bafadal were also present as the celebrations unfolded. The younger audience remained riveted to seats.

"This year is a little quieter because a lot of Indonesians have gone away on holiday but, in previous years, this room used to be full of kids," recalled the Ambassador.

After Bafadal cut a cake, four girls signalled the start of celebrations with a dance from the Sumatra region. Some 20 children actively participated in the entertainment programmes. Other than singing and dancing, a martial arts demonstration, poetry reading and a drawing competition made for a wonderful time.

"Watching these kids enjoying themselves, I remember my own four grandchildren back home," Bafadal told Khaleej Times. He sought to send across a message back home on how important it was for children to pursue a good education. "They are the future leaders of Indonesia and they must study well."

For the children, the highlight of the day was a presentation ceremony which saw them being lavished with gifts, mostly toys.

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