From an underwater flag-hoisting ceremony to competitions and food festivals, Jakarta celebrated Indonesia’s 74th Independence Day with a series of vibrant events.
Jakarta Governor Anies Baswedan led a flag-hoisting ceremony on an artificial islet off Jakarta Bay on Saturday morning, which was attended thousands of city officials, city councillors, students and members of civil organizations. It was the first time the Jakarta administration held an Independence Day ceremony on Maju Beach, previously known as islet D.
It previously held Independence Day ceremonies at the National Monument (Monas) in Central Jakarta.
Taman Impian Jaya Ancol (Ancol Dreamland Park) in North Jakarta also took part in Independence Day celebrations with various events. On Saturday morning, several divers joined an underwater flag-raising ceremony inside a 6-meter-deep aquarium at Sea World.
Ancol Dreamland Park management also held a colossal panjat pinang (pole climbing) competition for visitors and surrounding residents. As many as 175 poles were installed at Karnaval Beach. Hundreds of people tried their luck at winning prizes that were hanging from the top of the poles, such as bicycles, bags and even water dispensers.
Ocean Dream Samudra, located inside the park’s compound, also staged a special play titled Benteng Perjuangan (Fortress of Struggle), which narrates the struggles faced by the people of Batavia — the old name for Jakarta — during the Dutch colonial era.
Competitions also enlivened Independence Day in residential areas as residents, especially children, participated in traditional games such as sack races, makan kerupuk (cracker eating competitions) and panjat pinang.
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Meanwhile, President Joko "Jokowi" Widodo has marked Indonesian diversity by commemorating the country's 74th Independence Day on Saturday in traditional clothing from a variety of indigenous cultures.
The President was spotted in the predominantly black attire of Klungkung, Bali, complete with wrapped headdress and batik sarong, as he made his way to lead a flag-raising ceremony on Saturday morning on the front lawn of Merdeka Palace in Central Jakarta.
The dark color of his costume was a contrast against the white Balinese attire sported by his eldest son, Gibran Rakabuming, and the yellow Balinese dress of his grandson, Jan Ethes Sri Narendra.
The President said he did not have any special reason for choosing the attire of Indonesia's top tourist destination, saying merely that he wished to wear a different traditional costume for each flag-raising ceremony.