Jakarta (ANTARA) - First Lady Iriana Jokowi wore the traditional attire of the Buton Tribe from Southeast Sulawesi Province to attend the 2022 Commemoration of Seconds of the Proclamation of the Indonesian Independence Ceremony here, Wednesday.

The First Lady wore a bright blue top and bottoms with gold ornaments. She wore a blue-gold scarf and carried a handkerchief of the same color. She also wore a large golden crown.

Meanwhile, President Jokowi was dressed in the Buton Tribe's Dolomani suit, which is a long red robe and pants with white ornaments.

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Beneath the red robe, the president wore an ivory white sequined shirt that matched with the robe ornament and a black and white striped sarung as well as a round headgear.

The ceremony of the 77th Anniversary of the Republic of Indonesia began with the arrival of the Head of State, the First Lady, Vice President Ma'ruf Amin, and Second Lady Wury Ma’ruf Amin.

The ceremony continued with 17 cannons fired as well as sounds of sirens, bedug (drum) from mosques, and bells in churches that were audible for a minute.

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The ceremony then continued with the reading of the Proclamation Manuscript by Speaker of the Regional Representative Council (DPD) LaNyalla Mahmud Mattalitti, Hening Cipta or moment of silence led by President Jokowi as the Inspector of Ceremonies, and the reading of prayers by Minister of Religious Affairs Yaqut Cholil Qoumas.

The raising of the Sacred Red and White Heirloom Flag was conducted by the Heritage Flag Hoisting Troop followed by a flypast of the Air Force's fighter aircraft and helicopters.

The event continued with the performances by the Gita Bahana Nusantara Choir and Orchestra that sang "Hari Merdeka", a medley of folk songs, "Syukur", "Ojo Dibandingke dan Joko Tingkir" by Farel Prayoga.

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Translator: Desca N, Kenzu T
Editor: Fardah Assegaf
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