Every year, the Indonesian people celebrate our country's Independence Day on 17 August.
During that day, the Red and White national flag are all over the country, at office buildings, factories, schools, houses, and public places.
Besides, people participate in various competitions like Sports, Krupuk/Cracker eating contest, Sack Race or Climb a greasy Pole.
In this connection, I read an article written by Desi Anwar on The Jakarta Globe (below) which assume that people do not seem to have such kind of spirit and energy anymore in celebrating Indonesia's 67th anniversary last 17 August.
As an example, Desi said that her friend who lead the flag-raising ceremony at her office told her that the company had to entice its staffs with Door-Prizes consisting of iPads and other gadgets to make them come and stand in the sun and salute the Red and White Flag.
Is this a sign of fading nationalism ? I really don't know.
Writer's Block: Independence Spirit
There’s a red and white flag flying on my front gate. That’s about the
extent of my participation in celebrating Independence Day. Unless
you’re still at school or work at an office or institution that holds a
flag-raising ceremony, the day feels like any other weekend. And it
being the fasting month and the beginning of the holiday traffic, one
might as well postpone or cancel this year’s celebration altogether, as I
don’t think anyone is really up for a sack race, a krupuk eating
contest or a climb up a greasy pole.
After all, the spirit and
energy just doesn’t seem to be there. A friend of mine who has to lead
the flag-raising ceremony at her office says the company had to entice
the staff with door prizes consisting of iPads and other gadgets to get
them to come and stand in the sun and salute the Red and White.
we’re all just a bit tired of this same old routine, year after year,
and talking about the same things and griping about the same old
problems. What does independence mean, what is the country all about and
why is everything still a mess, etc.
For the older generation
who experienced the predemocracy era (and that includes me), beneath the
momentary pride of seeing the flag being raised runs a cynicism that is
a constant feature since the authoritarian New Order regime. That
Indonesia has never been truly free from oppression, first by the Dutch,
then the Japanese, and then by our fellow countrymen.
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