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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