United we stand, divided we fall. Selamat Hari Kemerdekaan Indonesia, Happy Indonesian Independence Day. This August 17, 2008 was the 63rd independence day of my homeland. Merdeka (freedom)!.
A short story about the Independence Day. The Indonesian Declaration of Independence was officially proclaimed at 10.00 a.m. sharp on Friday, August 17, 1945. The declaration marked the start of the five year diplomatic and armed-resistance of the Indonesian National Revolution, fighting against the forces of the Netherlands until the latter officially acknowledged Indonesia’s independence in 1949. In 2005, the Netherlands declared that they recognized Indonesian independence is in 1945, not 1949. In addition, you can read more on wikipedia.
We, the Indonesian people, hereby declare the independence of Indonesia.
Matters concerning the transfer of power, etc., will be carried out in a conscientious manner and as speedily as possible.
Jakarta, 17th day of 8th month, year 05 (note: Japanese calendar year)
In the name of the nation of Indonesia
(Soekarno/Hatta’s signatures)) Soekarno – Hatta
Few facts about Indonesia:
- An archipelago country in South East Asia between Indian and Pacific Ocean, with 17,508 islands (6,000 islands inhibited).
- Tropical climate and support the world’s second highest level of biodiversity after Brazil.
- The country is a myriad of ethnicities and cultures (more than 300 ethnic groups)
- There are an estimated 583 languages and dialects, with a national slogan of Bhinneka tunggal ika (“Unity in Diversity”), and the official language is bahasa Indonesia.
Courtesy of the picture and article: wikipedia.
Courtesy of the 63rd Indonesian Indepedence day’s Logo: http://tanpatinta.com