Last Wednesday was the Indonesian Day of Independance from Dutch rule 66 years ago. A fun tradition of this day is pole climbing. This year they set up two poles across the road from our house. The poles are greased with axel grease and the prizes on the top included a cell phone, carton of cigarettes, soccer ball, soccer shoes, and soccer jerseys. The first person to the top needs to take out the flag from the centre of the pole to confirm that he is the winner. It was great entertainment and there didn’t seem to be any rules as you can see by the photos below… Once the grease was pretty much rubbed off it was a free for all to get to the top with guys hopping over eachother on the way up. Incredible how some of these guys can climb!
You can see our house on the right hand side of the second-last photo.
As I was going out of our gate to meet Hugo and the kids at the pool, this school group of kids marched by all dressed in their red and white school uniforms. Red and white being the colours of the flag of Indonesia. Marching in neat rows is also an Independance Day tradition. One of the kids will be the leader and will call out, “Left, left, left, right, left!” In Indonesian of course. It’s rather humorous because they don’t really do anything special, they just march in formation.