Wednesday, August 17, 2011

Happy Birthday Indonesia

On 17 August 1945, the people of Indonesia declared its independence from Japanese occupation forces after the end of the World War II.

This declaration started a five year armed-resistance and diplomatic efforts by the new Republic of Indonesia against the Netherlands who wanted to recapture their East Indies colony from the Japanese, until they finally recognized Indonesia's independence in 1949.

The celebration of Independence Day is a very big event for the people of Indonesia, and it is a public holiday. Its preparations start weeks before the 17th of August. All public buildings are decorated with large banners and lighted designs. Fences around the government offices are draped in red and white streamers. The malls are all decorated in red and white and hold Independence Day sales for the people. Lots of money is spend by the central and regional governments to create a unique series of red and white lighted decorations.

The President, Vice President, Cabinet Ministers, Speaker of the House of Representatives, other officials of the state, and other VIPs including ambassadors of foreign countries, attend the raising of the Red and White flag at the State Palace in Jakarta in the morning.

Public places glitters in red and white and the all over one can see and hear the words "Happy Birthday Indonesia" and "Long Live Indonesia"

Many games are played during the celebration, the most popular being " Panjat Pinang " i.e palm trunk greased with a mixture of clay and oil is erected in a public place. Various prizes like Bikes, TVs etc. are hung at the top and many people would climb over each other struggling to get those prizes.

At the end of the day, many people failed to get the prizes but they are all happy and smiling after the event. Even the crowd are happy watching the event.

Photo: Courtesy of Wikipedia

13 comments:

Wisata Murah said...

selamat TUJUHBELASAN SOB. MERDEKAAAA.

happy blogging

Umihoney said...

Asslamualaikum Harry,

Selamat Hari Kemerdekaan.Happy Birthday Indonesia. All the best,may the future be a prosperous and peaceful one for your country.

Umi

colson said...

Congratulations to the country and I hope all Indonesian citizens will have a great day indeed ( just liked the next 365 days).

Ponselkom said...

Merdeka!
Happy Birthday Indonesia

TUKANG CoLoNG said...

sedih rasanya, saya ga begitu semarak memperingatinya..

triesti said...

17an was cancelled in our area due to Ramadan. btw, google put panjat pinang in their logo

Leah said...

Happy birthday, Indonesia! :)

Mushfique said...

Happy Independence Day!!
:D

Multibrand said...

@Wisata Murah,
Merdeka!!

@Umihoney,
Assalamuaikum Umi.
Thank you for your greetings, terima kasih.

@Colson,
Thank you. I hope everything would be okay.

@Ponselkom,
Merdeka!!

@TUKANG CoLoNG,
Sepertinya didaerah lain juga demikian. Mungkin karena bulan Ramadan.

@Triesti,
Yes I heard that many area don't celebrate the way they used to do in the past.

@Leah,
Thank you for your greeting.

@Musfique,
Thank you.

r10 said...

di komplek-ku tidak ada perayaan 17-an krn bulan puasa

M Mursyid PW said...

Semoga Indonesia ke depan semakin baik!

Multibrand said...

@R10,
Sepertinya perayaan 17an kali ini lebih sepi dari tahun2 yang lalu.

@M Mursyid PW,
Semoga Indonesia jaya.

les privat GP said...

Merdeka atau MAti! Mari kita jaga dan pertahankan kemerdekaan ini dengan arti yang sesungguhnya.