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Selamat datang Lumbang! Desa dimana anda akan mengalami sambutan terbesar di hidup anda!
Setelah berada di dalam bus selama 9 jam, kami tiba di Kota Sambas. Kami merasa terkejut dan senang karena kedatangan kami di sana disambut oleh ratusan orang. Bahkan ada Pasukan Pengibar Bendera (PASKIBRA) yang menghormati kami sepanjang kami memasuki Gedung Bupati diiringi instrumen musik yang meriah. Kami juga menyanyikan dua lagu kebangsaan - Indonesia Raya dan Advance Australian Fair. Sesudah itu, kami diajak berfoto bersama.
Kami tidak tahu bahwa kami menerima sambutan yang lebih meriah lagi di Desa Lumbang. Sesampainya kami disana, kami disambut oleh warga yang tinggal di Desa Lumbang dan desa sekitrnya! Ada ratusan orang tak sabar menunggu kedatangan peserta ‘bule’ dan peserta Indonesia dari Australian Indonesian Youth Exchange Program (AIYEP). Kami tidak tahu bahwa kami seperti artis terkenal! Ketika kami turun dari bus, ada marching band mengiringi perjalanan kami, dua laki-laki beratraksi bela diri, dan beberapa perempuan menari tarian tradisional. Ada banyak ibu-ibu, bapak-bapak, dan puluhan anak-anak sangat antusias menyambut kedatangan kami sampai mereka berteriak kegirangan. Hampir semua bapak dan ibu memakai pakaian tradisional dan terlihat sangat bagus!
Kami diarahkan untuk memasuki tenda yang sudah mereka siapkan. Kami memasuki tenda tersebut sementara masyarakat sekitar melemparkan beras kuning kepada kami. Bendera berwarna-warni dikibarkan di sekitar desa untuk menyambut kedatangan kami. Beberapa orang memberikan kata sambutan dan ada satu tradisi menarik disana. Kami duduk dan tangan dan kaki kami disirami air sebagai ucapakan selamat dan keberuntungan. Sesudah itu, Dessy, LO kami, mengumumkan siapa keluarga angkat kami! Kami sangat senang bertemu dengan keluarga baru kami! Sesudah itu, kami makan bersama dan makan makanan tradisional seperti tempoyak, daging sapi, daging ayam, nasi, dan bubur pedas. Selagi kami menikmari hidangan yang disediakan, warga Desa Lumbang mengerumuni kami dan tertawa melihat kami, khususnya para bule yang makan dengan tangan - mungkin mereka melihat hal itu untuk pertama kalinya!
Oleh: Rebecca Lambert
Posted by: AIYEP Participants on Tuesday, December 22, 2015
After six hours of being in the bus, the Australia Indonesia Youth Exchange Program (AIYEP) participants finally arrived in Sambas Village.
“We had a welcoming ceremony first in Bupati’s house” said Desi, our local coordinator for Indonesia phase.
For your information, AIYEP contains two phases, an Australian and Indonesian phase. The participants from Indonesia stayed in Australia first for two months and then continued to stayed in an Indonesian province together with AIYEP participants from Australia.
I thought we would go directly to the village and meet our host-families there.
Two buses that brought us there finally arrived in front of a big building with a big field out the front. People gathered there, some wearing civil servant uniforms, some with traditional clothes of Sambas, what amazed me was there are also youth of Sambas with their youth community uniform, scouts uniforms and also PASKIBRAKA uniform (it is a group of selected youth who had duty to raise the flag on our national celebration day).
It made me feel like a really important person at that time. Formal meeting as usual began with singing national anthem of both Indonesia and Australia and speech from important stake-holders and from the Ministry of Youth and Sports.
It finished by taking pictures together.
“Ayo foto sama kakak bule (let’s take a picture with foreigner)” said some of the youths at the time, they were really excited to meet the Australia participants in their village.
We then came into the bus again, ready to continue the journey and meet our new families.
From far away, I could see the sea of people, like, oh my god! What a huge welcome!
Sambas residents looked awesome with their traditional clothes, I personally could see how happy they were, all smiling and laughing especially when they saw the ‘bule’. We were also amazed with the dance that the youth there presented to us.
We were then guided to a big tend, where we then sat together with the stake-holders, outiside the open-tent, people gathered, all lining up. After all the speeches and the announcements of who our host-families are (which was such a heart-attack moment), the food was then served for us.
These foods actually have to be eaten in a certain way, it’s called ‘SAPRAHAN’, traditional style of eating in Sambas.
In one big pan, there is a bowl of rice and six different foods, with only one spoon in one of the plates. There was a pot of water too, not for you to drink but to wash hands. We had to eat with our hand, yeah, which is not too usual for the Australian.
The philosophy of that eating tradition is related to Islam and its beliefs. There is what is called ‘Rukun Iman’ in Islam which contain six basic faith in Islam (Allah, Angels, Prophet, Qur’an, Destiny and The End of the Day). The six meals served in Saprahan represent this Rukun Iman.
One spoon represents the one holy sentence of Islam, which is, ‘God is one and Muhammad is the last prophet’. It is usually said as the promise when someone wants to follow Islam as his religion. Eating by hand is actually what suggested in Islam.
The people who live in Kalimantan Barat are really varied. Three main ethnicity was Dayak, Melayu and Tionghoa. In some villages, the majority of its residents are moslem, that might be the reason why this eating tradition exist.
Not only to appreciate Islamic philosophy but also as a way to tighten our relationships by eating and sharing foods together.
After we finished eating, we went back to the house of our host-family. Each of them had one Indonesian and Australian participant of AIYEP. They are the people who we will spend most of our time with over the month (December to January). And we all are excited!
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