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Two weeks ago, my school, Sekolah Lentera Harapan Palopo, South Sulawesi, Indonesia, just had our first big event: Pekan Bahasa. Pekan Bahasa (Eng: Language Week) is an annual event held in all Lentera Harapan Schools all over Indonesia. In Pekan Bahasa, we usually have some competitions involving the students as participants and some teachers and staff as judges and also the committee. The competitions we usually have in this event are poem writing and reading, drawing and coloring pictures, singing, traditional dancing, traditional costume play, berbalas pantun and also story telling. Pekan Bahasa is usually held in a week, consisting of a series of competitions and one last day as a final celebration.

Our theme for this year’s Pekan Bahasa was: “Bahasa bangsaku salurkan bahasa kasih-Nya” (Eng: Our language extends God’s love language). And the theme verse was taken from 1 Corinthians 13:1 “If I could speak all languages of earth and of angels, but didn’t love others, I would only be a noisy gong or a clanging cymbal.”

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Here are some of the pictures of the events:

lil torayan meet Kryel, the little Torayan from grade 5 🙂

sahat me with Sahat, the little Batak man.

girls here is me with the Torayan girls from grade 5.

grade 3 The Batak couple from grade 3.

grade 4 Papuan dancers from grade 4

grade 2 grade 2 & teacher The Saman dancers wearing Torayan’s traditional clothing from grade 2

costume play all costume play participants from grade 1-6. So pretty! 🙂

cry this pretty little girl cried because she didn’t win the costume play competition 😦

the performers Indonesian national dancers from Senior school

end of event the whole crew the whole crew of Pekan Bahasa Sekolah Lentera Harapan Palopo.

It was a lot of fun working together for the event and at the same time celebrating together the various cultures we have in Indonesia. The enthusiasm and exuberance of all the school members flood the celebration. Despite the heat in Palopo, all seemed to have fun in the event. It’s really such a privilege of being part of a big nation with great riches of traditions and cultures like Indonesia 🙂

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