Simu-malun’s Ritual Ceremony to celebrate the Centenary of Don Boaventura’s Rebellion
The Government of Timor-Leste organized the ritual ceremony of Simu-malun (reconciliation) to celebrate the Centenary of Don Boaventura’s Rebellion, at Aiasa’s creek in Karau-ulun and Ermeti, in Manufahi’s district, last November 21st, 2012. The event aimed to encourage national unity and development, and discard violence.
The first Simu-malun’s ritual ceremony was held at Aiasa’s creek, with the traditional leaders of Manufahi’s district and those from the districts of Ainaro, Bobonaro and Covalima. The second one took place at Karau-ulun’s creek, with the traditional leaders of Manufahi and those from the districts of Viqueque, Baucau, Manatuto and Lautém. The third one was held at Ermeti’s creek, with Manufahi’s traditional leaders and those from the districts of Aileu, Díli, Ermera, Liquiçá and Oe-Cusse Ambeno.
The Vice Prime Minister, Fernando La Sama de Araújo, asked the people of Timor-Leste to forget “bad actions committed by Timorese against their own brothers in the past and, instead, receiving the Matak and Malirin’s blessing, by strengthening unity, heading towards national development”.
This ceremony was attended by the Vice Prime Minister, Fernando La Sama de Araújo, the Minister of State Administration, Jorge da Conceição Teme, the Minister of Commerce, Industry and Environment, António Conceição, the Secretary of State for Decentralization, Tomás Cabral, the Secretary of State for Art and Culture, Maria Isabel de Jesus Ximenes, the Administrators and the Elders from the 13 districts.