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Clerics From 6 Faiths Pray At Soekarno's Tomb to Commemorate His Death

June 22, 2021, 02.11 AM

BLITAR, - Adherents of Indonesia's six recognized religions have converged on the tomb of Indonesian founding father and first President Soekarno in Blitar, East Java on Sunday to mark the 51st anniversary of his death on June 20, 1970.

The Buddhist, Catholic, Christian, Confucian, Hindu and Muslim clerics then led their respective congregations in an interfaith prayer and religious pilgrimage, which is also known by the Indonesian term Haul, for the man who is also known by his nickname Bung Karno.

"The prayers are the traditional way of starting off Bung Karno's annual Haul," said Tri Imam Prasetyono, the head of Blitar's Tourism and Culture Services.

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"This interfaith act is inseparable from Soekarno's role as the founder of the nation's values and ideology, and his upholding of religious tolerance as a central tenet."

Tri added that Bung Karno's notion of tolerance extends beyond one's faith. "Soekarno also upheld cultural pluralism. He is aware that tolerance and respect of religious beliefs as well as cultural diversity are key in maintaining national unity and social cohesiveness," he said.

Soekarno's Tomb in Blitar, East Java, Sunday (20/6/2021) HASANI Soekarno's Tomb in Blitar, East Java, Sunday (20/6/2021).

The celebrants started the festivities by reading verses from the Al-Qur'an at 5 am. They would then hold prayers at the gate of Bung Karno's Tomb from 9 am to 1 pm.

"The pilgrims then continued in the afternoon at Gebang Palace, the home of Bung Karno's extended family, on Jalan Sultan Agung," he added. "The peak of the Haul will be held at the Kusumo Wicitro City Hall Building, Blitar.

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Tri noted that the Covid-19 pandemic forced a number of changes. "Each prayer session was limited to no more than 15 pilgrims at any on time. They must also comply with health protocols like wearing masks, washing hands and maintaining social distancing," he asserted.

The Blitar Municipal Government has been holding the Bung Karno Month remembrance annually since the 1998 Reformation expert until 2020, when it was canceled due to the Covid-19 pandemic.

The Bung Karno Month event was revived this year in a modified form to prevent the spread of Covid-19. However, the changes failed to detract from the symbolic meaning of the occasion, or what Bung Karno represents to the congregants who revere him.

(Writer: Blitar Contributor, Asip Agus Hasani | Editor : Pythag Kurniati)




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