One of the great things about Indonesia at a local level, away from politics andpower plays, is the tremendous community spirit, which especially express itself on 17 August every year when Independence Day is celebrated.

For those lucky enough to have well organized local committees, and good parks or open spaces to enjoy, the celebrations can be great fun as was the case in Ciganjur, where the ladies of MMC (Melati-Mawar Community) created a real party for the neighborhood.

With a formal flag raising, rousing speeches, a children’s choir, a ladies dance group, and a ceremonial release of red and white balloons, the MMC Ladies made everyone’s day great, and finished with a formal meal at a huge communal table.

If you didn’t experience a community event like this you certainly missed out – and need to make sure you do next year. You don’t need to go to the Palace or Monas to celebrate, find the fun in your local neighborhood. Merdeka!

Alistair Speirs

Alistair Speirs

Alistair has been in the publishing, advertising and PR business for 25 years. He started NOW! Magazines as the region’s preferred community magazine.