This day, Wednesday August,17th 2013, Indonesia is celebrating the 68th Independence Day. Indonesia Independence Day is observed to mark the Proclamation (Declaration) of Indonesian Independence on Friday, August 17, 1945. Prior to the proclamation, Indonesia had been colonized by the Portuguese, Dutch, and Japanese for over 300 years.
Independence day is a huge celebration in Indonesia. Most businesses and offices are closed on the Independence day, but preparations are started 2-3 months before that. Business and locals are chirping in for activities with donations. Streets and building around Tanah Lot are decorated with the ornaments such as Indonesian red-white flags and congratulatory banners. Days around the festival, visitors in Tanah Lot can observe lots of interesting activities. In almost every villages in Tanah Lot, town and cities, you can watch sports competitions and free concerts. On the day itself, the main attractions are the town parades, with marching bands, decorated cars and bikes, barongs, and kuda lumpings.
For the locals, one of the most anticipated activity is the panjat pinang game. People groups into a team of 3-6 persons each, to attempt a climb of slippery poles for gifts and prizes on top of the pole. It’s really quite fun to watch. Below is the proclamation text .
Proclamation : We the people of indonesia hereby declare the independence of indonesia. Matters which concern the transfer of power andother things will be executed by careful means and in theshortest possible time.
Djakarta, 17 august 1945
In the name of the people of indonesia