Independence Day

Recapping an action-packed August trip through central Indonesia...

Indonesia's Independence Day is August 17, but flags and bunting begin appearing a week before, and parades and celebrations continued until the end of the month.

In her engaging and witty "Indonesia Etc." Elizabeth Pisani reports:

When the country's founding fathers declared independence from Dutch colonists in 1945, the declaration read, in its entirety: “We, the people of Indonesia, hereby declare the independence of Indonesia. Matters relating to the transfer of power etc. will be executed carefully and as soon as possible.”

Indonesia has been working on that “etc.” ever since.