August has always been the eagerly awaited month for all Indonesian citizens. Various celebrations to welcome Independence Day were held throughout the country. From installing red and white flags, red and white decorative ornaments and banners, various traditions of the 17th race, thanksgiving, flag ceremonies, and carnivals held also enlivened the euphoria of the celebration of Indonesian independence. Interestingly, in some regions in Indonesia, Independence Day is celebrated with unique activities. What are the unique traditions of Indonesian Independence Day?
1. Sampan Layar
To further enliven the anniversary of the Indonesian Republic of Indonesia, every year Batam holds a sampan race. Sampan Layar is a traditional traditional culture of Kep. Riau. This competition itself has existed from the 1950s and remains popular until now. Usually, this competition will be held at the seafront area of the Padang Rear Port or in the Tanjungpinang front waters. Every event was held; thousands of spectators from inside and outside the city always crowded the competition area.
2. Peresean Tradition
This game is a tradition of a traditional game of Lombok Youth Sasak who wants to become a warrior in the era of Sasak kingdom of ancient times. However, now Peresinan is shown to enliven RI’s anniversary celebration. In this game, 2 men (pepadu) are met to fight using a rattan and shield, in which the game ends if one of the pepadu gets blood or has scored higher. After the match the pimps should embrace each other to indicate no revenge between them.
3. Horse Race
This racetrack race usually lasts for one week and is followed by participants from at least three regencies in the Gayo Highlands (DTG), namely Bener Meriah District, Gayo Lues, and Central Aceh. Uniquely, this competition can only be entered by young teenagers aged 12 to 20 years. This celebration is very famous where every year thousands of spectators are willing to go all the way to Aceh to watch this show.
4. Telok Abang
The oldest city in Indonesia is not only famous for its Cap Go Meh memorial. On the anniversary of the Indonesian Independence Day on August 17, you can also witness the unique traditions here, namely the Telok Abang Festival and Bidar Boat, and the Ornamental Motorboats. In Palembang, Telok Abang means Red Egg. Telok Abang is then placed on a boat and paraded around the grounds of the Kuto Besak Fortress in Palembang city. People will scramble to take eggs after being paraded. After that, the Bidar Island rowing competition was held and the motorbike decorating competition was held in the Musi River.
Every August 17 celebration, Malang has a unique tradition called Barikan. This tradition is usually held after the afternoon after sunset on August 16, held at one of the community halls where previously the cultural community began with traditional Javanese costumes. Every citizen will bring food and then be collected to be distributed again to other residents equally. The program began with singing national songs and ended with reading prayers and gratitude for the nation’s independence.
There it is some unique traditions of independence celebrations in Indonesia. You can only see the tradition in its place because it doesn’t exist anywhere else. How? Interested to join those traditions?