August 17: a day for Indonesian people to celebrate
Commemorating the country's declaration of independence in 1945, the day is marked with parades, community gatherings and athletic events
August 17 is Indonesia’s national day and marks the Southeast Asia country’s declaration of independence from the Netherlands in 1945.
Local revolutionaries spent four years to achieve Indonesia’s independence through armed movements and formed a country with more than 17,000 islands in 1945. The national flag of Indonesia, called Sang Saka Merah-Putih (the sacred red and white), was unveiled on August 17 the same year.
Prior to that, the country had been a Dutch colony for more than 300 years, and was occupied by the Japanese army during World War II between 1942 and 1945.
Indonesians celebrate the national day with parades, community gatherings and athletic events every year on August 17.
On August 6, the Indonesian Consulate General in Hong Kong organized a celebration for the nation’s people staying, working or studying in the city. The event took place at the Grand Hall of the Hong Kong Convention and Exhibition Centre in Wan Chai.
More than a thousand people attended the activity to enjoy songs, dance and a fashion show.