In the early March, the NCU Indonesian Cultural Day was held in the lecture hall, and about a thousand students came and celebrated together. There were traditional costumes displayed and traditional foods available. In addition, a show was performed that night, with Indonesian students presenting their culture through songs and dances. Mr. Hsu, the Vice President for International Affair at NCU, attended the event and encouraged the audience to visit Indonesia.
With the fourth largest population in the world, Indonesia is a country with abundant cultural diversities. This was the fourth time PPI NCU-Taiwan held the Indonesian Cultural Day, introducing the Indonesian culture to Taiwanese students and providing a chance for cultural exchange.
The one-hour-long musical included the traditional performances from ten different places. In the Merak Dance from West Java, the performers were dressed in the splendid costumes like peacocks’ feathers, amazing the audience; Bungong Jeumpa from Aceh was a song simply accompanied by a drum, with over 20 people harmonizing; as for Perang Dance from East Kalimantan, the performers danced in war robes, showing their masculinity.
At the end of the event, Indonesian students sang the Chinese song “Friends,” and walked into the audience section, showing the harmony between different groups and echoing the event’s topic “Difference doesn’t set us apart!” And they expected to meet everybody again next year.