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.
UAE leaders congratulate President of Turkmenistan Gurbanguly Berdimuhamedow on the occasion.
The flag-hoisting ceremony was also held at the Pakistan Consulate General in Dubai on the occasion of the 74th Independence Day. The ceremony was held in a manner keeping in view the local laws on social gatherings due to COVID-19.
The organisers also bid farewell to Saima Naqvi, Bazm-E-Urdu coordinator, as she is returning back to Pakistan after spending many years in the UAE.
Under the leadership of Muhammad Ali Jinnah, we have got the precious gift from Almighty God in the shape of Pakistan as a country. It was a Thursday and he chose 14th day of the August as the date of the ceremony of power transfer to the independent country, Islamic Republic of Pakistan. The day of independence was Ramadan 27, the holy month of Islamic calendar.
The financial sanction, amounting to Dhs1,925,000, is the result of the findings of an examination conducted by the CBUAE, which revealed that the exchange house failed to obtain letters of no objection from the CBUAE, to enter into certain business relationships.
Sheikh Mohammed expressed his appreciation for the role intellectuals, scholars and scientists play in enhancing human progress. He said the UAE places the highest priority on creating a knowledge-based society and economy in which ideas and innovation drive growth.
The Ministry underscored the UAE's keenness to deepen cooperation with the Republic of Sudan in all fields and strengthen ties between the two countries and peoples.