Surabaya – Global Engagement of Nahdlatul ulama University of Surabaya (Genus) Nahdlatul Ulama University Surabaya (Unusa) held a traditional game competition which was attended by 32 foreign students from 12 universities in East Java. This event is one of the commemorations of the 77th Anniversary of the Independence of the Republic of Indonesia. Rector of Unusa, Prof. Achmad Jazidie revealed, foreign students who were invited to experience the excitement of this traditional game came from 13 countries, ranging from Asia, the Middle East, to Africa. “We would like to introduce, one of the activities of the Nation’s activities in commemorating its Independence Day, especially activities that express joy,” he said, Thursday (18/8).
At least these foreign students took part in four types of traditional games, which are commonly done by Indonesian people when celebrating Independence. Such as “Cracker Eating” competitions, “Sack Racing” competitions, “Upholding Wooden –Round Tray” and “Moving Rubber with skewers”, as well as “Wooden Sandal” racing. “The game, which is often traditionally, has become part of a kind of culture of this Nation in commemorating Independence every year,” he added.
Prof. Jazidie hopes that the traditional game activities they participated, can be remembered when they return to their respective countries of origin. “They are more familiar with Indonesia, with this activity including Indonesian specialties, and the hospitality of the Indonesian nation, and more importantly they know how this Indonesian nation welcomes the joy of Independence,” he said.
Meanwhile, one of the participating foreign students, Alhussein Marzuk from Yemen, congratulated Indonesian people on celebrating Independence Day.
These dozens of foreign students, come from Yemen, Myanmar, East Timor, India, Afghanistan, Turkmenistan, Thailand, Malagasy, Egypt, Nigeria, Pakistan, Somalia, Libya, and Sierra Leone. It seems that they were enthusiastically participating in each game. They are not only tested for creativity, but also building cooperation between students. (Human Relations Division)