Performers take part in the Rapa'i Geleng dance to celebrate Indonesia's 74th Independence Day in Aceh province on Saturday. AFP
The 2019 teenagers, one for each year, lined up playing the tambourine-like Rapa'i and singing a song that recounts the history of Islam in the southeast Asian country.
A man retrieves his prize after climbing up a greased pole during a greased-pole climbing competition in Jakarta. AP
This year, participants were selected from 140 villages in Aceh province's Blangpidie district to train for weeks for the independence day celebration.
Thousands of spectators watched and cheered enthusiastically as the boys played their instruments and danced in shifting formations.
"This is very festive, I've never seen it before. It was so much fun," visitor Khairul Bariah told AFP.
The event is held periodically to celebrate various occasions from a successful harvest season to religious days and weddings.
"It was not easy to discipline this many dancers. I hope after this Rapa'i mass dance will be known," performer Abdul told AFP.
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Community representation from all segments of life attended the ceremonies and also vowed to continue their support with Kashmiris especially in the revoking of their special status recently by the government of India.
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His Highness Dr Sheikh Sultan Bin Mohammed Al Qasimi, Supreme Council Member and Ruler of Sharjah, on Sunday approved the financial settlement of 11 staff members of the Sharjah Police.
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