The annual Tuan Yusuf Karaamat festival successfully took place amid concerns of flooding. The area beneath the hill of Tuan Yusuf’s grave site became a sea of festivities with people from all around the Peninsula heading to the historical site to attend the festival.
A member of the organizing committee and the secretary of the Nurul Latief Masjid, Ebrahim Peters, explained that despite the heavy downpours, the festival was successful.
The festival, which is located in a flood line area of Macassar, has been met with heavy rain over the years and, therefore, lays prey to flooding.
He further explained that the organizers of the event made provision within the Masjid for individuals or families who were affected by the flooding.
“Most people did not go to the Masjid, they just carried on with the festivities,” peters noted.
He explained that the organizers of the event are in the process of devising plans that are directed toward mitigating the impact of the rain on the festival.
The event, peters asserted, was well attended and included 180 tents of campers. In total, the festival was attended by approximately 2500 people.
Attendees were entertained by the Malay Choir. The organizers, therefore, successfully catered to the entertainment needs of both the young and old.
“To organize a festival of this nature requires great resources; so we must thank all the volunteers, Imam Philander, Shabbier Ismail, our families, and the local community who opened up their homes to us,” Peters urged.