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A minha Profile

Nome                  : Luizinho Barreto

Nacionalidade : Timorence

Naturalidade    : Manufahi

Distrito                : Manufahi

Sub-distrito        : Alas

Suco                        : Uma-Berloic

Aldeia                     : Uma-Feric

History

The island of Timor has a long, proud history and a rich culture built over centuries. It has been referred to by some as the “cultural funnel of the East”, for the many different ethnic influences which have contributed to the island’s development.

 

 Ancient history and peoples

Archeological excavations and rock art found in parts of Timor provide testimony to its long and significant ancient history. Evidence that people have been living on the island for well over 4000 years can be seen in the original influences of the distinct dialects of the districts and the presence of cave paintings and stone carvings that are a

Timor Fact Sheet

East Timor, also known as Timor-Leste, is a small country in South East Asia, located about 640 km northwest of Darwin, Australia. It comprises the eastern half of the island of Timor, the enclave of Oecussi-Ambeno in the northwestern part of the island, and Atauro and Jaco islands.

Official Name
Democratic Republic of Timor-Leste

Capital
Dili

Area
14,609 km2

Population
1.1 Million (UN, 2009)

Currency
US Dollar

Language
Tétum and Portuguese are the official languages, Indonesian and English are also widely spoken.

Religion
Roman Catholic 98%, Muslim 1%, Protestant 1% (2005)

Climate
East Timor has two seasons: wet (December to April) and dry (May to November). Day temperatures are around 30°C to 35°C year-round in the lowland areas, dropping to the low 20s overnight. In the mountain areas, warm-to-hot daytime temperatures drop to 15°C at night, less at altitude. At the end of the dry season in parts of the north coast temperatures hover over 35°C.

Time zone

Dili, city of Peace

H.E. President Jose Ramos-Horta has initiated the “Dili City of Peace” campaign. Members of the new generation, who are actively contributing to various fields of Timorese life, are being brought together to express and explore their ideas on the creation of sustainable peace.

“Dili, City of Peace” is the Presidential initiative to turn Dili into a model of peace. Its objective is to promote peaceful social conditions in order to support the consolidation of national stability, sovereignty and unity in Timor-Leste.

The decision to choose Dili as the starting point for this initiative was taken because Dili is often the starting place for social trends. Further, it was indeed in Dili that the problems which led to the 2006 crisis first emerged. So it is from Dili that this program aims to begin to scatter the seeds of peace throughout the country.

This initiative for peace is helping to re-build and consolidate national stability and unity. Transforming Dili into a city of peace will be the starting point for preventing violence, conflict ad problems from spreading country-wide.

Maps

Source: Turismo Timor Leste

In and Around Dili

Always a pleasant, laid back little capital, Dili has sprung to life over the last three years. Although most of the city was destroyed during the militia attacks of 1999, many of the homes and businesses have been rebuilt

Dili still sports a few Portuguese accents like the villa-lined beach roads, the former colonial garrison built in 1627 and the church built on the waterfront. But new shops, restaurants and bars are opening all the time, bringing a new energy and style to this once sleepy city.

The waterfront at sunsetThe waterfront remains a center of activity from dawn till late at night. A park separates the beach from the road, with banyan trees and benches offering an excellent place to cool down in the shade with a coconut to drink! Fishermen unload all kinds of fish, squid and lobsters on the beach, making this one of the best places to find the freshest seafood in Dili. In the afternoon, join the boys in their daily games of football – an excellent way to meet the local people. Peddlers sell cold drinks, snacks and satay all day and into the evening.>/p>

Soccer at sunsetLovers of art and culture should definitely pay a visit to the Arte Moris (in Tetun, literally Living Art) Art and Cultural Centre near the airport. It is the first fine art school established in the country and is one of the country’s main cultural attractions. Its primary aim is to use are as a building block in psychological and social healing, with a particular emphasis on engaging youth. Collaboration with the popular theatre group ‘Bibi Bulak” has seen the centre grow into a true cultural hub. In 2003 Arte Moris was awarded the UN Human Rights Prize for its promotion of Freedom of Expression.

Tony, one of the many talented young artists at Arte MorisA tais (traditional Timorese hand-woven cloths) is an essential souvenir of your time in Dili, and a unique memento that truly represents Timorese cultural identity. Traditionally tais is made of home-grown, hand-spun cotton, dyed with natural dyes and decorated with mythological symbols. Cotton is woven on simple wooden looms made from bamboo and wood. The art of tais has been passed down through generations, with unique patterns and colours specific to the village or community of the weaver. To weave a tais requires immense patience and skill. You can find tais from all over the country at the Tais Market, the Alola Foundation, several gift shops and street vendors.

A Timorese woman weaving a traditional tais

Strongly Roman Catholic, Dili features many beautiful churches and cathedrals, the stunning white Motael church is one of the oldest churches in Timor-Leste. The newly renovated Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception (aka the Dili Cathedral) is claimed to be the largest in Southeast Asia. It was opened in 1988 by the then President Soeharto and blessed by Pope John Paul II on his visit to Dili in October 1989.

Motael Church, one of the oldest in Timor-LesteA massive statue of Christ on the nearby headland at Cape Fatucama is reminiscent of Rio de Janeiro. The statue was a gift from President Soeharto to the people of Timor-Leste. Towering at 27 metres, it is visible from almost every point on Dili Bay.

DILI MARATHON

Marathon legend de Castella to attend Dili Marathon

Robert de CastellaFormer world champion marathon runner, Robert de Castella, today accepted an invitation by Timorese President Jose Ramos-Horta to attend his country’s first international running event, the Dili ‘City of Peace Marathon’, to be held on Sunday 20 June this year.
Mr de Castella, winner of the 1983 World Championships, has enjoyed a successful career both on and off the track, contributing to the development of athletics and distance running. In a written testimonial, he spoke positively of the benefits of the initiative; “Hosting a marathon provides opportunities for residents and visitors to join together; promote health and fitness;