Papua to set October 30 as Cultural Day

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Jayapura, Jubi – The Papuan People’s Assembly (MRP) and the Papuan Legislative Council (DPRP) plan to set October 30 as the Cultural Day for Papua, internationally known as West Papua. The establishment of a Papuan Cultural Day, said MRP chair Timotius Murib, would make every Papuan regency and city commemorate the Cultural Day in accordance with their respective culture.

Murib said the proposal to designate October 30 as a Papuan Cultural Day had been discussed since last year. “The MRP conveyed the idea during the 15th anniversary of the MRP, October 30 will be designated as a holiday in Papua regency so that every district and city celebrate Cultural Day,” said Murib in Jayapura City on Monday, Nov. 1, 2021.

Murib hoped that the establishment of the Cultural Day would encourage stakeholders in each city and regency to preserve their cultures. “With every city and regency preserving culture, the communities are empowered to make Papuan culture strong,” he said.

Murib said that Papua had many cultural artifacts with various patterns. “But because there is no time prepared for the community to express their various works, such as songs, carvings, and weaving, they are all underappreciated and become less visible than foreign cultures,” he said.

He then expressed his gratitude because the Papuan Legislative Council had responded to the proposal to set October 30 as Cultural Day.

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“In the near future, the DPRP will sit together with the MRP and [discuss] the main ideas in the Special Regional Regulation, including setting October 30 as Cultural Day,” he said.

Meanwhile, lawmaker of the DPRP Jhon Banua Rouw confirmed that his party and the MRP would discuss this year the Special Regional Regulation (Perdasus) draft and the plan to set a Cultural Day.

“Papuan Legislative Council and the MRP will meet to make a Perdasus that regulates Papuan culture. That’s important. For example, there will be a regulation on who can use the Cenderawasih (bird of paradise) headpiece,” Rouw said. (*)

Reporter: Yance Wenda
Editor: Aryo Wisanggeni G

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