Army Personnel to Wear Balinese Traditional Uniform

DENPASAR ~

Army personnels under the 163/ Wirasatya Military Resort Command is compulsory to wear Balinese traditional uniform on full moon and new moon (based on Hindus calendar).

“The forces and civil servants under Korem on Hindus holy days must wear traditional uniform,” said the Head of Information Unit Korem Wirasatya, Mayor Inf Sriyono, in Denpasar, on Saturday.

According to him, the traditional uniform consists of sarong, head dress (udeng) for men made of army green stripes cloth that has been determined as the official uniform for every full moon and new moon.

“This event is inspired by wisdom words saying that ‘di mana bumi dipijak, di situ langit dijunjung (where the earth is stepped, there the sky is upheld) or `Desa Kala Patra / Desa Mawa Cara`” Sriyono said.

Although the army troops have national soul, wherever they are and have duty, they still uphold the local customs.

“If they want to be loved by people so they have to love the local customs. The army including Korem troops and territorial officers having duty in Bali are expected to wear middle Balinese traditional attire,” he said.

The aim is to facilitate interaction with local people by not leaving their identity as an army personnel who appreciates and respects local customs.

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