Multi-faith gathering planned in Papua

Multi-faith gathering planned in Papua

A meeting was held to discuss the halal bihalal event planned in Jayapura on June 19, 2021. (ANTARA/Hendrina Dian Kandipi)

Jayapura (ANTARA) - A multi-faith post-Eid gathering, locally known as halal bihalal, will be organized in Papua on Saturday to promote harmony in the province, also known as Bumi Cendrawasih.


"The halal bihalal will be held on Saturday (June 19, 2021) in Jayapura. The event will be open to the public to attend virtually through social media due to the COVID-19 pandemic," chief of the event's organizing committee, Nikolaus Kondomo, said in the provincial capital of Jayapura on Wednesday.


The event will be designed to reflect the harmony among adherents of different faiths in Papua, he added.


Concurring with Kondomo, secretary of the Indonesian Ulemas Council, Papua chapter, Faisal Saleh, who is also a member of the event's organizing committee, said the event will be worthy of appreciation and will serve as a concrete measure to promote interfaith communication.


"Generally, the initiative to hold such event comes from Muslims. But this time, it is organized by Full Gospel," he pointed out.


As it will draw all religious elements in Papua, the event can serve not just as a means of communication, but also concrete action, he added.


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