Indonesian Independence Day
The independence day of Indonesia falls on the 17th of August and it’s a great time to be in Bali as everywhere is decorated with the red and white flags of Indonesia. Put that against the backdrop of lush green rice terraces and ornately decorated penjors lining the streets, it’s a feast for the eyes and awesome for photos.
“Dutch East Indies” was the name for Indonesia under Dutch rule. The Portuguese had established spice trade in the Indonesian archipelago in 1498 after being the first Europeans to arrive on the islands, but Dutch explorers wanted direct access to Asian spices, and began establishing trade routes to the region in 1595. In 1603, they created the Dutch East India Company, fought for control of the entire region, and had soon colonized Indonesia. The Dutch East India Company held a monopoly over the spice trade, which proved profitable for them until 1800, when it went bankrupt. Indonesia became known as the Dutch East Indies (part of the Dutch Republic) – the colony that became present day Indonesia after the World War II.
Japanese rule of Indonesia
The celebration of Indonesian Independence day
The Indonesian National Flag