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The fading culture of Indonesia’s Independence Day

Our ancestors’ struggle to achieve independence will never be forgotten. It will keep living as long as it is celebrated.
In Indonesia, we celebrate our independence day in August 17, and this year is the 68th birthday.

It has always been very merry and glorious. People putting red and white flag in front of their houses, trumpet seller starts selling around, trumpets can be heard everywhere.
Then, there are competitions in every neighborhood like panjat pinang (tree climbing), tarik tambang (tug of war), lomba makan krupuk (cracker eating competition), and balap karung (sack race).

They look like they are having fun, right? After all, the essence of celebration is togetherness and having fun.
BUT today, that culture of celebration seems to be fading.
Sure, they will still put the red and white flag in front of their house, but they won’t go out to the nearest field to meet the others and celebrate independence day by having competition or races. Instead, they will stay home, watch their TV about the Independence day ceremony while their kids are having fun with their gadget.

Sad, isn’t it? Now I am wondering what these kids will be like in the future. Would they be so ‘unattached’ to their own country just because they are not taught to respect their ancestors’ honor who actually have given them the freedom they are enjoying now? They really have to realize that the freedom is not to be taken for granted.

(See this video about panjat pinang (tree climbing), isn’t it great to see that the spirit of teamwork can achieve something?)

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Chili and Crackers, so incomplete without them

I am sure some of you, if not most, are comfortable with eating food as it is.
Steak, fried rice, fried chicken, fried fish, pizza, spaghetti, noodles, seafood, all are as they are and without asking for other condiments.

Indonesian people can eat like that too, BUT they don’t feel complete. They would feel like the food could have been better if something else is added.
So, say hello to the two most looked-for and eaten, chili and crackers.

Chili, very well-known for its spicy taste, has been pleasing the Indonesian’s tongue for centuries. Without it, the food tastes flavorless.
Crackers, very famous for its crispy texture, has always been the complement for any food, especially fried rice.

(See this commercial video about one of the most popular chili sauce brand in Indonesia)

(Even the President of United States agrees that “the bakso (meatball), the nasi goreng (fried rice), emping, the krupuk (cracker), all are delicious)

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