As the British Government had relaxed its rules on gatherings, members of the Moluccan community in the United Kingdom (Basudara Maluku UK) finally got to see each other again on Bank Holiday Monday at St James’ Park in London. Our group of around 30, consisted of people whose relatives came from various places in Maluku, like Ambon, West Seram, Central Seram, Haruku, Saparua and Nusa Laut.
As usual when Moluccans get together there was a lot singing, laughing, dancing and playing games. And what would a Moluccan picnic be without food? There were plenty of colourful and delicious dishes of Moluccan and Indonesian food like: kohu-kohu, ikan bakar, acar, rendang, mie goreng, ayam bumbu sate, pare, pisang rebus, namu-namu and lamet.
The gathering was a good opportunity to talk to about the progress and challenges of Bahasa Basudara. We also collected about 150 English books, which will be sent to the Language Study Centre at Pattimura University in Ambon.
There was however a tinge of sadness because we had to say goodbye to the Pattinasarany Family from Plymouth, as they are going back to Ambon early next year. By then Eghy Pattinasarany will have completed his post-graduate studies and will resume his lecturing position at Pattimura University. They shall be missed, and we wish them all the best for the future.
Altogether it was, like previous times, a fun and successful get together!