Mitsubishi Asian Children's Enikki Festa
Started in 1990, the Mitsubishi Asian Children’s Enikki Festa is a program that seeks to promote literacy education and to stimulate cultural exchange among children by allowing them to learn about each other through “enikki” (illustrated diaries).
Aala Mohamed Naushad
Age 11, Girl
July 23, A Beautiful Day Naming My Little Brother
My aunt passed away after giving birth, and my parents adopted the newborn baby. Today was the seventh day. Islam tells us to give a beautiful name to the baby on the seventh day. On this day, we shaved the baby’s head and made a donation of the baby’s weight in silver to our mosque. We then slaughtered a goat and distributed bodibai sweet rice to 40 people. My little brother received a name, and we all prayed for him. My mother said that she hoped he would grow up to be a sincere person. We shared the bodibai and the goat meat with our relatives, with our neighbors, and with poor people in the area. We gave the name to my little brother that my aunt had in mind, Aala. That name means a gift from Allah. I like the name.
Fathia Alma Kalista
Age 12, Girl
My school has an extracurricular activity where students who are interested can learn to do batik fabric dyeing.
The process is complicated, but I am happy to have the chance to learn how to make batik. We start with making the pattern. Then, we use the canting tool to trace the pattern with hot wax, dye the fabric, wash it, and hang it out to dry. The white fabric changes into beautiful, colorful batik when it dries. I hope the young generation will carry on this important part of Indonesia’s cultural heritage.