Papuans celebrate Christians arrival

Papuans celebrate Christians arrival
The Jakarta Post | Fri, 02/05/2010

Tens of thousands of people have been crowding Mansinam Island in Manokwari, West Papua, to commemorate the 155th anniversary of the arrival of the first Christian missionaries in the easternmost region of the archipelago.

The celebration was attended by Papua Governor Barnabas Suebu, West Papua Governor Abraham O Atururi, West Papua Legislative Council Speaker Johan Auri, Papua Military chief Maj. Gen. Hotma Marbun, Papua Police chief Insp. Gen. Bekto Suprapto, and Papua Prosecutor's Office chief Palty Simanjuntak.

Feb. 5 is a public holiday in Papua and West Papua provinces, which marks the date when two missionaries, Carl Wilhelm Ottow and Johann Gottlob Geissler, first set foot on the island in 1855.