Celebrating Indonesian Independence Day – Lots of Fun at School

Beware…a lot of photos ๐Ÿ™‚

On August 17, we celebrated our Independence Day. Unlike some countries who celebrate it by using fireworks…we Indonesian celebrate it with a fun tournament.

I have shared about what we used to call as Tujuh Belas Agustusan (Seventeen August Thningy) three years ago> here. For the past three years, August 17 fell on Ramadhan month where most muslims are fasting, so there weren’t many tournaments held. This year, August 17 is no longer on Ramdhan month. My school held two tournaments, one for teacher (last week) and one for students ( this week’s Tuesday)

This kind of tournament is always fun, we shout together, we cheer our friend, we laugh at funny things that happen, and most of all…we bond as one, we are a team.

Here are a glimpse of the fun on my school during our celebration of Independence Day.

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Here are the students ๐Ÿ™‚

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There are more games I couldn’t take picture of because I was quite busy. I was one of the committees.

The games were:

For Pre-K and Kindergarten: Take one flag at a time and put it in a bottle; Bring a marble on a spoon (special spoon for little kids), and arranging wooden block as tall as possible.

For lower elementary: Bring a marble on a spoon (normal spoon), Putting a pencil inside a bottle (the pencil is strapped behind their back), eating kerupuk (Indonesian cracker), Balap karung (racing in a sack)

For Grade 6 – Grade 8: Moving a glass of water using a kind of tablecloth, stabilizing a tennis ball with a pipe and rope (highly require cooperation); Flying carpet, Bakiak race (there’s a kind of sandal for four people, they have to walk together at the same time or they all will fall), Eating Kerupuk (Indonesian cracker), Tarik tambang (pulling a rope in group)

For Grade 9 – Grade 10: Moving a glass of water using a kind of tablecloth, stabilizing a tennis ball with a pipe and rope (highly require cooperation); Flying carpet, Eating Kerupuk (Indonesian cracker), Tarik tambang (pulling a rope in group)

The games were all fun and most of my students enjoyed the games. 17 Agustusan is NEVER about winning, it’s more about the fun…tho it would be extra fun to win ๐Ÿ™‚

My class (I am their homeroom teacher) won 3 games \(^_^)/

Me and my class
Me and my class

That was a very tiring day but also very fun ๐Ÿ™‚


    1. Thank you Beth ๐Ÿ™‚
      Celebration is always fun and I am glad that tho the students are mostly from very rich family and the prize was not expensive…they still did the games wholeheartedly. It showed that they enjoy the celebration ๐Ÿ™‚

    1. Ah yes!! I kept thinking what was the word for tarik tambang…it’s tug-a-war ๐Ÿ™‚ I will edit my post soon. Thank you Audrey ๐Ÿ™‚

      We avoid egg because it would get very messy. And yes it was really fun ๐Ÿ™‚

  1. I can see that you had lots of fun with your new kids… way to go Novia!

    It is great that this year lets you celebrate this festival together as their new teacher. It will give them all the chance to bond with you even closer knowing that you can enjoy play with them as well as instruct them at lessons. “All work and no play”…. ๐Ÿ˜‰

  2. Ohhh, sooo much fun Nov! I miss those upacara, ahah, no not really ๐Ÿ˜€ I LOVE LOVE krupuk, I’d probably win that competition in a heart beat, ahahaha

    1. Hahaha…I haven’t had tat Upacara since I started teaching in private schools ๐Ÿ™‚

      Hahahaha the winner is not just about loving kerupuk but also ability to eat kerupuk without using hands ๐Ÿ˜‰

  3. A fun tournament beats fireworks for me any day! I hope you had a fab time!

    Your pal Snoopy ๐Ÿ™‚

  4. This looks like a lot of fun. I was a bit stunned by one picture. I thought those students look a bit old then I realised they were teachers. The cracker eating looks difficult. ๐Ÿ™‚

    1. Whuahaha…old looking students ๐Ÿ˜‰

      The foreigner teacher said that it was really difficult, he thought it was going to be easy. I never won this game even when I was a kid.

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