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At Banjarmasin

Asia Foundation and partners

In celebrations of World Interfaith Harmony Week (WIHW) 2016, Asia Foundation and partners began in Banjarmasin, the capital city South Kalimantan. The celebrations was called “Religious Expo” – consisting of an Exhibition and a Religious Festival. 30 religious organizations took part each exhibiting symbols of their religions as well as religious books. This was held by the banks of the river Martapura in Banjarmasin. Around 5000 people came to watch many cultural and religious attractions - such as dancing, singing, dramas, etc. This “Religions Expo” was preceded and followed by activities such as discussions on religious pluralism, led by Dr Budhy Munawar-Rachman of The Asia Foundation, who emphasized the importance of continually developing religious pluralism in Indonesia. Rising intolerance and religious violations have resulted in a decline in democracy in Indonesia. As a result there is the increasing need to build a foundation of peace and tolerance in Indonesia, no matter what the challenges are.

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