The U.S. Consulate General in Surabaya hosted a Halal Bihalal open house by Consul General Joaquin F. Monserrate on August 21, 2014. The Halal Bihalal, hosted at Mr. Monserrate’s home, featured guests from East Java, including representatives from government, civil society, religious institutions, and academics.
The event also included many new friends from the U.S. Independence Day Roadshow, a multi-city, seven day tour around East Java which occurred earlier in June. During the Halal Bihalal, Mr. Monserrate congratulated Indonesia on the 69th anniversary of their Independence and on the recent successful elections. Mr. Monserrate also introduced the new American staff at the U.S. Consulate.