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Indonesia Independence Day

Always celebrated on August 17, it is Indonesia’s national holiday and marks Indonesia’s declaration of independence from the Netherlands in 1945. The theme of this year celebration was ‘Strengthening the Nation’s Self-Sufficiency Through the National Movement of ‘Ayo Kerja’ (Let’s Get to Work).’

This national holiday is celebrated throughout Indonesia with parades, community gatherings, athletic events involving adults and children such as sack races, and a multitude of cultural and performing arts festivals.

Traditions also include eating Indonesian crackers (known as ‘krupuk’) or fruit hanging on a string and climbing a pinang tree to reach for a prize.

Happy Independence Day, Indonesia!