Indonesian Independence Day!
Trip Start Jul 26, 2011
49Trip End Jun 22, 2013
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At school on Tuesday the staff celebrates Indonesian style by competing in games. I had no idea what I was in store for...but wow. I laughed out loud. They games were borderline inappropriate. The first one started out to just be balancing a weaved basket on your head an racing to the finish line without it falling. I got second place in that one!!! So I figured that these Merdeka games are just like relays and races and it all seemed very normal. Nope...just when I thought it was normal they brought out the eggplants and string
While the solemn ceremonies are taking place, neighborhoods gear
up for fun and games for the kids. Krupuk (shrimp chips) eating
contests, bike decorating, games, races and lots of fun fill the day. The
women are busy in cooking contests to see who can make the biggest krupuk or the most delicious nasi tumpeng.
palm trunk is erected in a public area and well greased with a mixture
of clay and oil. At the top are hung various prizes like bikes and TVs.
Whoever makes it to the top wins the prize. Needless to say there are a
lot of slippery, muddy kids and grownups alike climbing over each other
and struggling to reach the goal. A good time is had by all, especially
the crowd watching the gaiety.We tried to find neighborhood games going on, but apparently they are in the more remote villages outside of the city (I am guessing the "suburbs" of the city). We are going to dig deeper next year. I did find some pictures of these popular events to give you an idea. It was a nice day off and an even better evening celebration with the staff! Lots of laughs!