Harganas brings VIPs, Cash and Ethnic Arts
NATIONAL Families Day (Harganas) at the end of June is estimated to have injected at least Rp16 billion into the community and economy of Mataram. West Nusa Tenggara (NTB) province hosted the event over three days at the site of Lombok’s former Selaparang airport where a trade exhibition attracted craftsmen and entrepreneurs from throughout Indonesia.
“If each of the 8000 invited participants from our 33 provinces spent an average Rp2 million on souvenirs such as pearl jewellery, handicrafts such as woven cloth and local products such as honey, then the event created the circulation in Mataram of an extra Rp16 billion,” said National Population and Family Planning (BKKBN) head Sugiri Syarief.
In addition, visitors to the 19th annual Harganas paid for accommodation, transport and food and beverages. Sugiri Syarief suggested that staff and families accompanying participants and groups such as media crews would have boosted numbers visiting Mataram to around 15,000.
NTB’s Culture and Tourism chief Gita Aryadi said all 10,000 hotel rooms in Mataram city and West Lombok regency were occupied over the event. The NTB provincial administration had arranged for local families to take Harganas participants into their homes and had made some government buildings available for accommodation, he said.
Five hundred student dancers from Sumbawa performed on 30 June before VIP guests including Vice President Budiono, Home Affairs Minister Gamawan Fauzi, Health Minister Nafsiah Mboi, Social Affairs Minister Salim Segaf Al Jufri, NTB Governor Zainul Majdi and Deputy Governor Badrul Munir.
Vice President Budiono was traditionally welcomed to the event with an NTB Gendang Belek (big drum) performance before the Sumbawa dancers presented striking and colourful displays of distinctive customary dances from regions throughout Indonesia.
Guests were treated to the Tor-Tor dance ritual from North Sumatra, Saman from Aceh, Piring from West Sumatra, Jaepong from West Java, Gambyong from Yogyakarta, Serimpi from Central Java, Reog Ponorogo from East Java, Bali’s well-known Legong dance, Maluka’s Dansa, Toraja tribal dance from Sulawesi and traditional routines from Papua.
NTB Police chief Ariel Wachyunadi presented a mass performance of Sasambo dance derived from the ritual dances of NTB’s three main ethnic groups – Sasak, Samawa and Mbojo. The 300 Sasambo dancers came from the police force and the Ibu-Ibu Bayangkari group of wives of NTB Police officers. Vice President Budiono spoke of the importance of building self-reliance within families, especially in younger generations, to support the development of Indonesia.
When self-reliance began in small environments such as the family, he said, it would spread to neighbourhoods, communities, villages, districts and onwards until it was a national characteristic. “Through the Harganas national commemoration of the family, we want to put our families in a strategic position to help build the nation,” he said.
“Intelligent families will produce people capable of leading a powerful nation.”
NTB Governor Zainul Majdi thanked the National Government for choosing NTB to host the 19th Harganas.
“The event very is important to NTB as it allowed us to showcase our potentials to the national community.
“No matter how good and strong our potential is, it is worthless unless it is recognised.”
NTB, along with neighbouring Bali and East Nusa Tenggara (NTT), has been classified in the MP3EI national masterplan for accelerated development as a tourism gateway and region to support national food objectives.
The Governor hoped for better access to and from NTB to maximise the province’s contribution to MP3EI goals.