August 17 marks the commemoration of Indonesian Independence from Dutch rule, in 1945. Indonesian citizens are celebrating all around the 17,000+ islands of the world’s largest archipelago, and around the world.
Click for some colorful pictures of parades, games, performances, and celebrations, including pole-climbing and pillow-fighting, from throughout the country, with people of all ages and from all cultures within Indonesia.
Here in the Northeast US, the Consulate General of the Republic of Indonesia in New York will celebrate with its Second Annual Indonesian Street Fair, on East 68th street in Manhattan, adjacent to Central Park, during the day on Saturday, August 27.
To mark Independence Day in Indonesia, the UK Telegraph has suggested 15 reasons to visit this beautiful country.