This Post is About the Jambi Province Coat of Arms (lambang).*

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1. The shield has a green boarder with five sides.

Jambi Province Shield

  • This shield symbolizes the spirit and soul of the Jambi people who fully embrace Pancasila  (5 principles).
    • Belief in the one and only God.
    • Just and civilized humanity
    • The unity of Indonesia.
    • Democracy guided by the inner wisdom in the unanimity arising out of deliberations amongst representatives.
    • Social justice for all of the people of Indonesia.



National Youth Pledge Day

C., with some of the staff at SMK N 2.
(State Vocational High School No. 2)

On Monday, October 29th we had the honor of visiting State Vocational High School No. 2 (SMK N 2–Sekolah Menengah Kejuruan Negeri 2) and observed their remembrance/ celebration of Sumpah Pemuda (National Youth Pledge Day). This remembrance is held on the 28th of October each year (this year it was held on the 29th since the 28th was a Sunday).

One of the performers of an impressive dramatic presentation.

At the school all students and staff were assembled in front of the school. The principle gave a formal address, prayers were made, a few songs were sung, a marching band performed, and then a very dramatic performance was put on by about 15 students. The drama was their effort to ingrain in all assembled, the values of integrity, unity, and oneness as a nation. The performance was in the form of a drama that lasted no less than 30 minutes. It was quite powerful and impressionable!


Pulau Berhala

To Which Province Does this Island Belong?

Upon arrival at Pulau Berhala, after walking down the boardwalk, you will pass under the above sign that says: “WELCOME, to PULAU BERHALA, in the SINGKEP regency, of the KEPULAUAN RIAU province.

Upon arrival at Pulau Berhala you will walk down a boardwalk, then pass under a portal that reads: “WELCOME, to PULAU BERHALA, in the SINGKEP regency, of the Kepulauan Riau Province (KEPRI). Just 100 feet further is a smaller blue monument, erected by the Jambi Province, which they installed to make their claim to the island. The small blue Jambi monument is no longer legible. We were told that the governor of the Kepulauan Riau Province had the Jambi monument defaced.


The below information explains the seal, crest, or coat-of arms, of the City of Jambi.

The above city seal represent the City of Jambi’s philosophical and historical identity with the ancient Malay Kingdom, the larger geographical area, and the social-cultural aspects of Jambi. Detailed meaning of the various symbols are as follows:


Jambi Rulers

The Jambi Melayu Kingdom has several legends about how it originated. None of them can be authenticated with great historical accuracy. Many of these legends, still to this, day carry tremendous weight in the minds and beliefs of the Jambi populace.

The most common legend of how Jambi originated is that a man from Turkey arrived in the eastern part of the Jambi Province. There he married a princess, or a descendant from one of the rulers of the Minangkabau / West Sumatran kingdom.  The man’s name was Ahmad Salim (other records say “Ahmad Barus,” or “Barus II”). After he married into the royal family, he received the title of “Datuk Paduko Berhalo.” (That is the local dialect spelling. In the Indonesian language it is spelled Datuk Paduka Berhala).


Jambi Fire Department

Jambi Fire Department   (Dinas Pemadam Kebakaran)

On the 1st of September, which was the end of Ramadan, and one of the most celebrated days of the year for Muslims (Eid ul-Firtr), there was a massive fire in the City of Jambi that destroyed 169 homes. The cause of the fire is unknown. What led to the massive spread of fire was windy conditions, poor access for emergency vehicles, as well as many observers blocking lanes, preventing rescue equipment from gaining access. The lack of an enforced fire code was also a contributing factor.  The location of the fire was just to the north of the Sangkawang Cemetry and south of the Batanghari River.


Indonesian Independence Day (17 August 1945)

One of the girls on the “Raising the Flag” team (Paskibraka).

Today we went to an Independence Day celebration in a village about 45 min. north of the City of Jambi. The name of the village is Jambi Kecil. The exact location of the celebration was at the office of the Camat. The celebration involved a very ceremonial raising of the Indonesian flag, and a prayer. There were no long speeches. It was a very interesting and informative event, watching how Indonesians commemorated their 66 years of independence.


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