As we have reached the month of August, you may look forward to many festivities revolves around Indonesia’s Independence Day. But, you might notice that this year’s celebration will be a lot different from previous years as we’re still battling with COVID-19. Related to the implementation of New Normal regulation, organizing traditional games, gathering, or public ceremony will also be prohibited. However, there are still things you can do to celebrate Indonesia’s Independence Day on August 17. 

1. Participate in Flag hoisting ceremony at home

We’re expecting that the flag hoisting ceremony at the State Palace will again be televised this year, so we can participate virtually. The government is already encouraging people to stop their activities for a moment, stand firm in service, follow the echo of Indonesia Raya during the ceremony.

2. Ditch the malls and trace the museums

It is essential to understand the history of a place, let alone your very own country. Museums are the best places to go for this, filled with art, artifacts, and mementos of culture. Here in Indonesia, the culture is rich, and to learn and understand it you’ll need to go to the places that display this culture in the best way. That’s why we’ve collected a list of the best museums in Jakarta, Bali, and Bandung which not only present the past but also show a peek of the island’s future.

3. A tour of Indonesia’s authentic cuisines

Every Independence Day, Indonesia’s finest culinary establishments usually go all out. We say this is the best time for you to try different kinds of Indonesian food, in the best possible atmosphere. Have a look at our favorites here: best Balinese food, or best authentic Indonesian food.

4. Get artsy and smarty

Watching historical films is one of the ways to get to know our history better. This month of August, historical films often make a comeback during Independence Day as a way of revving up national pride and patriotism. Soekarno, Kartini, or Laskar Pelangi can be a good option. They’re also a good way to brush up the country’s history. An older movie worth dusting off is “Tjoet Nja’ Dhien” about an Indonesian heroine from Aceh. Another simple thing? Do a sing-along of traditional or national songs with your children, or do a trivia of anything related to Indonesia.

5. Give Back to the community

There are many simple ways to show pride in Indonesia, from joining a rubbish collection campaign to buying local products or even donning a traditional batik patterned shirt. While such activities are popular during Independence Day, however, they would be best to practice for the whole year. Want a bigger outreach? Pick a humanitarian cause you can support especially during this global pandemic. Here is our list of charity and donation programs to fight Covid-19 in Indonesia.

6. Mind your taxes

It is also important to have a quick check-up on your tax. Set a day or two to sort the paperwork with your accountant to make sure you are on top of everything when the report is due. The same goes for all the bills you need to pay such as security fees, housing cleaning service, water.

And last but actually the foremost, stand tall and proud to say “Merdeka!”. Stay healthy, stay safe, and keep distancing.