TEMPO.CO, Jakarta - Religious Affairs Minister Lukman Hakim Saifuddin says that Easter could inspire the nation to preserve unity.
Minister Lukman Hakim Saifuddin also lauded the theme “Torang Samua Ciptaan Tuhan” (literally translated as: We are All Created by God) adopted in the National Easter celebration hosted in North Sulawesi. According to the minister, the theme is very appropriate to remind the nation of the importance of brotherhood in diversity.
“It’s a fantastic theme, reminding us of our founding fathers who acknowledged and understood our plurality that helped build a nation-state capable of uniting the different [cultures and religions] among us with national [values],” he said.
The National Easter event organizer Rev. A Shephard Supit said that the event will be held in Manado City and Tondano City from 21 to April 24, 2017. Some 25,000 Christians, both local and foreign, are expected to attend the event.
North Sulawesi Governor Olly Dondokambey said that Manado is ready to host the National Easter Celebration 2017. “It’s an honor for us and will add to North Sulawesi’s track record. In 2016, our province held international events, not only for one religion,” he said.
“Christmas 2016 was held in North Sulawesi. Mawlid al-Nabi [Prophet Muhammad’s Birthday] was also held in North Sulawesi. Even the Nahdlatul Ulama Boarding School Training was held in our province,” Olly Dondokambey said.
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