Celebrating in Fine Style

It’s not every day that you get invited to an ambassador’s house.

On Sunday, October 5, our next-door neighbors here in Lancaster took us as their guests to Washington, D.C., to a first-class buffet feast. Since Sunday was the first Sunday after the end of Ramadan, the Muslim month of fasting, the Ambassador from Indonesia, as is his custom every year, threw a feast at his home for anyone who wished to attend. The attendees were mostly Indonesian (of our neighbor couple,the wife is Indonesian) but friends of Indonesia from many ethnic groups were present also. The food was, of course, Indonesian: chicken, beef, rice, sticky rice, soup, spices, fresh fruit, and a vast spread of desserts, mostly made of rice, cocoanut and brown sugar.

We met so many delightful people and were warmly welcomed.

I thought you might like to peek in on the celebration.

Here is Ambassador Sudjadnan Panohadiningrat and his wife. The two of them, all smiles and standing under a simple blue tent canopy, greeted everyone – which was a lot of greeting since the Ambassador was expecting about 2,000 people to attend.

The ambassador’s house is spacious – well designed for entertaining large groups – and features various kinds of art. Since the weather was beautiful, much of the serving was done outdoors.

The children were a special part of the celebration.

One Response

  1. How interesting!

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