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I am very busy lately and don’t even have time to update my blog regularly (all the free time I have, I give it to update my turtle’s blog) but no matter how busy I am, I can’t ignore this important day…the day when the heroes of my country proclaimed our independence. The day where we were no longer being colonized, the day where Indonesia became a free country.
I don’t have much to say because I have written the history of this special day back in 2011 in a post called The Day we Proclaimed Our Independence.
Before the Colonial Era, Indonesia used to be island upon island under different Kings. Some kingdoms were under Islamic law while others under Buddhism and Hinduism. The remnants of the Kingdoms can still be seen across Indonesia. One of the most famous ones is Candi Borobudur. (picture is borrowed from The Great Destinations)
Things started to changed in the beginning of 16th century, the Portuguese landed on the eastern part of Indonesia. They were the first who introduced Christianity to Indonesian people. Till this day, most eastern part of Indonesia is Christian. The Portuguese era in Indonesia was not something very important, at least we do not mention it much in school history text book.
In the beginning of 17th century, The Dutch arrived and the longest colonial era began. The Dutch East-Hindia Company (VOC) monopolized the trade in Java and exploited the small kingdoms in Java. From then on, they began their land-based colonial empire. It was one of the world’s richest colonial possessions.
People in Indonesia are now celebrating this day by doing a lot of fun competitions. I had shared about these competition in my first Indonesia Banget series>> here. My school will have the competition and the flag hoisting ceremony tomorrow.
On this special day, I prepared a special post on my turtle’s blog (Underneath The Shell), all my turtles are in red and white 🙂
A salute from the top of Mount Cikurai
Happy 69th Independence Day to all Indonesian across the world