by Zoe, Co-Director, IHF Jakarta
This New Year’s Eve was one of the most unique that I have celebrated. Most members of the IHF family in Jakarta were gathered early in the evening to make the preparations for the night. Voices and laughers were becoming louder and louder by the minute, fires for the barbecue were lit and colorful paper filled the living room for the preparation of our piñata.
When the corn and the sausages were cooked, we all sat together on the floor, around a big table. After our lovely dinner was finished, it was the time to break the piñata. Everybody was very excited and most of us had a shot with the final hit coming from Miss Siti. When all the confetti and candies popped out from the piñata all the children run and picked up as many candies as they could! Then we played more games like hide and seek, until it was the time for the countdown.
A while before midnight we all sat outside in the street. People from all the neighborhoods in Jakarta had already started lighting fireworks, so soon we were surrounded by all these beautiful colorful lights in the night sky. At 12 o’clock, we also lit our own fireworks. We wished each other good luck and happiness for the New Year, wearing the festive hats that the SD classes had prepared during their holiday activities at the center.
I hope that all of you had an equally great New Year’s Eve and I wish you all the best for 2015 and the years to come!