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Jakarta Post

Regions limit Independence Day events to curb virus spread

  • Wahyoe Boediwardhana and Ganug Nugroho Adi

    Surabaya and Surakarta

Surabaya and Surakarta   /   Sat, August 15 2020   /  01:00 am
Pasukan pengibar bendera mengibarkan bendera merah putih saat upacara memperingati Kemerdekaan RI di Kawasan Balla Lompoa Kecamatan Bajeng, Kabupaten Gowa, Sulawesi Selatan, Jumat (14/8/2020). Upacara memperingati Kemerdekaan RI atau yang dikenal Gaukang Tubajeng (Pesta besar orang Bajeng) merupakan upacara kemerdekaan yang dilaksanakan lebih awal oleh masyarakat setempat dan keluarga Kerajaan Bajeng karena menurut sejarah kerajaan Bajeng merupakan satu-satunya kerajaan yang mengibarkan pertama kali bendera merah putih mendahului Proklamasi Kemerdekaan 17 Agustus 1945. (Antara/Abriawan Abhe)

Regional administrations across the country have decided to limit the celebrations of Indonesia’s upcoming 75th anniversary and called on residents to refrain from holding events that could attract crowds amid the current COVID-19 pandemic, which is showing no signs of slowing down. The Surabaya administration in East Java has altogether prohibited celebrations that usually involve a large number of people, such as tirakatan (a tradition held on the eve of Independence Day to express gratitude to God before holding a flag-hoisting ceremony the next morning) as well as various competitions featuring traditional games including panjat pinang (pole climbing) and balap karung (sack race). Indonesia’s Independence Day is celebrated every Aug. 17, when residents traditionally hold various events to commemorate the anniversary. Deputy secretary of the Surabaya COVID-19 task...