Updated: Aug 27, 2018
On August 17, 2018 Indonesians all over the world are celebrating our 73rd Independence Day. After more than 350 years colonized by Dutch and Japan, the former Dutch East Indies declared our independence just days following the atomic bombs in Hiroshima and Nagasaki. The absence of power after Japan's lost in WWII was perfectly used by our founding fathers, Soekarno and Mohammad Hatta, to proceed what have been planned since Sumpah Pemuda (Youth Pledge) in 28 October 1928.
Soekarno read the Indonesia Declaration of Independence 1945 at 10:00 a.m. on Friday, 17 August 1945:
WE THE PEOPLE OF INDONESIA HEREBY DECLARE THE INDEPENDENCE OF INDONESIA. MATTERS WHICH CONCERN THE TRANSFER OF POWER AND OTHER THINGS WILL BE EXECUTED BY CAREFUL MEANS AND IN THE SHORTEST POSSIBLE TIME.
DJAKARTA, 17 AUGUST 1945
IN THE NAME OF THE PEOPLE OF INDONESIA
To preserve the tradition of celebrating the Independence Day held in our country since 1945, The Minnesota Indonesia Society is holding 2018 Indonesian Independence Day Celebration on August 18, 2018 from 12 PM to 5 PM at Christenson's Beach, 4955 Lake Avenue, White Bear Lake, MN. 55110. The celebration will include Upacara Bendera (Flag Ceremony), angklung and dance performances, Indonesian-themed fashion show as well as traditional-inspired kids and adult games.
Indonesian words used in this page:
dirgahayu /dir·ga·ha·yu/ = a wish for longevity, long live
republik /ré·pub·lik/ = republic
sumpah /sum·pah/ = pledge
pemuda /pe·mu·da/ = youth
upacara /upa·ca·ra/ = ceremony
bendera /ben·de·ra/ = flag
angklung /ang·klung/ = traditional musical instruments made of bamboo tubes