Indonesian Independence Day and Indonesia Day 2010!

The Proclamation of Indonesian Independence was read at August 17, 1945.  This proclamation marked the diplomatic and and armed-resistance of Indonesia against the Netherlands.  The Netherlands acknowledged their independence day at August 17, 1945.

Since then, Indonesia’s Independence Day is widely celebrated.  Decorations are put up, costumes are worn and activities and games are held during Independence Day.  The president delivers the State of the Nation Address to the House of Representatives and special guests the day before Independence Day.

Rows of Panjat Pinang.

Games such as Krupuk (shrimp chips) eating contest, bicycle decorating, races are held throughout the day.  One of Indonesia’s favorite Independence Day past time is Panjat Pinang.  An Areca palm trunk is erected in a public area and is greased with a mixture of clay and oil.  At the top of the tree, various prizes like bikes and TVs are hung.  The first contestant to make it to the top wins the prize.   The crowd especially enjoys watching all the adults and children slip all over each other to try to make it to the top first.

This Saturday, July 31 at 11:00AM, My Dutch Bike will be sharing a booth with SF Dutch Consulate in San Francisco’s Union Square. It will be Indonesia Day 2010 in early celebration of Indonesia’s Independence Day!  The Indonesian Consulate invited the SF Dutch Consulate to participate. Come out and join us in the fun and celebrations!

See Yelp for the event time and location!

Hope to see you there!

William Hsu | My Dutch Bike