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Indonesia: Climb to freedom - 77th Independence Day marked with parade and 'Panjat Pinang' pole challenge02:45

Indonesia: Climb to freedom - 77th Independence Day marked with parade and 'Panjat Pinang' pole challenge

Indonesia, Jakarta
August 18, 2022 at 09:39 GMT +00:00 · Published

Indonesians marked the 77th Independence Day with public events across the capital Jakarta on Wednesday.

Residents could be seen parading in the streets wearing costumes, and holding Indonesian flags and banners.

The footage also features a game in which dozens of participants attempt to climb oiled wooden poles to reach prizes hung at the top.

The annual tradition of 'Panjat Pinang', meaning 'climbing palm trees', made its return for the first time in two years following the COVID-19 pandemic, after authorities suspended larger events.

August 17, 1945, was the day Indonesia proclaimed its independence from the Netherlands, with the date becoming a national holiday a year later. Following an armed and diplomatic struggle, it finally achieved independence in 1949.

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Indonesians marked the 77th Independence Day with public events across the capital Jakarta on Wednesday.

Residents could be seen parading in the streets wearing costumes, and holding Indonesian flags and banners.

The footage also features a game in which dozens of participants attempt to climb oiled wooden poles to reach prizes hung at the top.

The annual tradition of 'Panjat Pinang', meaning 'climbing palm trees', made its return for the first time in two years following the COVID-19 pandemic, after authorities suspended larger events.

August 17, 1945, was the day Indonesia proclaimed its independence from the Netherlands, with the date becoming a national holiday a year later. Following an armed and diplomatic struggle, it finally achieved independence in 1949.