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Voice of the People: Independence Day

Independence Day at Home | 10 August 2020
We ask the people of Jakarta about Independence Day—what it means to them and how they celebrate.

What does Independence Day mean to you (not limited to Indonesia’s), and what’s your ideal celebration like? Or is it business as usual?


John Nickell

Diplomat, the embassy of the United Kingdom
IG: john.nickell

We usually celebrate Indonesian Independence together as a big Embassy family with fun games in our garden. This year, sadly we are forced to do things differently, but we will still celebrate. Every country should, of course, enjoy Independence, and every people, freedom.


Jihui Seong

Diplomat, the embassy of the Republic of Korea
IG: @jiiihuiii

We usually celebrate Indonesian Independence together as a big Embassy family with fun games in our garden. This year, sadly we are forced to do things differently, but we will still celebrate. Every country should, of course, enjoy Independence, and every people, freedom.


Nicolas Nemalceff

F&B Manager, Raffles Jakarta
IG: @neeksnems

We remember our Independence Day as the day our country regained freedom from painful colonisation and proclaimed the establishment of our true government. We traditionally celebrate by raising the flag in honour of our ancestors’ sacrifice and devotion to the liberation of South Korea.


Gupta Sitorus

Creativepreneur
IG: @guptasitorus

Independence Day is a celebration of hope and freedom. To be able to love and to be loved regardless of social and racial barrier. To be able to wake up in the morning free of any fear.


Juliawati Sadeli

MarComm Manager, Royal Tulip Gunung Geulis Resort & Golf
IG: @juliesugianto

Independence means the freedom to be yourself without being controlled by others. A traditional celebration for me comes in the form of a formal flag ceremony and a moment of silence to honour fallen heroes.


Sedut Sanda

Entrepreneur
IG: @SS_BakeCake

I used to like Independence Day. Felt excited before August. I used to compete in games held by neighbourhood committees where I lived when I was a kid. I also joined a parade to wear Indonesian’s traditional clothes. However, there hasn’t been much of that kind of celebration anymore. Since then I’ve not been that excited anymore to wait for our Independence Day.


Henry

Founder, Imago Raw Honey
IG: @hejocokor

Independence Day means freedom, and it doesn’t come cheap. It’s also a time of remembrance of what our forefathers fought for. We celebrate it by decorating our house with the Indonesian flag, big and small ones around the house and we cook special dishes to be enjoyed with family.


Piotr Firlus

Diplomat, the embassy of Poland
IG: @pldiindonesia

Independence is about self-determination and the right of a nation to choose its own way of living and developing. It is also about being proud of your nation’s achievements and history. But independence it is also a challenge- it is about demanding of yourself to build reciprocal trust, solidarity and mutual confidence. Courage and sacrifice bring independence; independence brings freedom. Only free, independent nations can truly thrive!