“UNITY IN DIVERSITY” – THE NATIONAL MOTTO
Today is independence day for Indonesia. The national day is called Hari Ulang Tahun Kemerdekaan Republik Indonesia, or HUT RI for short.
At 10 am Western Indonesian Time all television stations will carry the national ceremony while local celebrations, which involve a lot of competitive events, will also take place throughout the country.
Every citizen is requested to fly the Indonesian flag in front of their house today, as well as all public, office and school buildings. In recent years it has become popular to fly the flag the whole month of August.
Indonesia, a Dutch colony for over 350 years before its independence in 1945, consists of 17,000 islands between the Indian and Pacific Oceans. The best known are Sumatra, Java, and Borneo. The Spice Islands.
Here is Colton’s 1865 map of the East Indies, with today’s Indonesia occupying the islands closer to the bottom.
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