The State Palace held a ceremony to celebrate the 71st Independence Day on Wednesday, giving the general public a chance to attend the flag-raising ceremony, with the majority of invitations to the event being sent to common people like in previous years.
This year’s celebration had a more festive atmosphere, in which Indonesia’s first red-and-white flag, sewn by the late former first lady Fatmawati, was carried by traditional horse-drawn carriage, the Ki Jaga Raksa, from the National Monument (Monas) to the palace prior to the ceremony. This is the first time the State Palace has staged such a performance during the Independence Day celebration. It was reportedly President Joko “Jokowi” Widodo’s idea. Continue reading