From bustling towns to remote villages, the 17th of August commemorations of the proclamation of Indonesia’s independence in Bali are always marked with solemn official ceremonies and fun-filled community celebrations. Ubud – a village which seems like a town or a town that acts like a village – and it’s surrounds are no exception. (In today’s context it is also the one major celebration in Bali which includes all ethnic groups and religions in celebration together). We snapped a few pics to share with you.
photos ©Rio Helmi
The fun started even before we got to the football field where all the celebrations in Ubud were centered..
Primary students, winners of a regency wide competition for their made-up police uniforms, standby for a selfie with teachers.
A slightly baroque gamelan ensemble played national songs
While soldiers polished up girl scouts saluting techniques.
Then things get serious. The 1945 Proclamation of Independence is read out in suitably stentorian tones.
A solemn moment of silence
Even visiting tourists seem to be carried away by the moment – well at least one of them.
The flag raising squad marches crisply in, junior reporters swing into action.
The Red and White is raised, and the ubiquitous drone catches the scene.
High stepping, arms swinging, the squad leaves the arena.
In the afternoon, in Tegallalang, there’s time for fun and games – here a somewhat ribald comic performance by some junior high school kids
The marching bands take in the buffoonery
Junior high life hack: making do with the mirrors implanted on her friend’s headdress
more Happy Snappy time
A bit of onsite book keeping at the end of a long day.
See you next year.