Indonesia’s 70th Independence Anniversary

Indonesia’s 70th Independence Anniversary

Indonesian men in teams of 4 try to climb to the top of a greased pole called a panjat pinang in order to retrieve prizes tied to the top in Indonesia. Cities and villages across Indonesia celebrated the country’s 70th anniversary of Independence with traditional games, and music, and flag raising ceremonies

This man bears the weight of other men above him as people climb greased poles to retrieve prizes such as bicycles and rice cookers

One man attempts are slightly hindered by a bucket on his head

 

Festivities at Ancol Beach in Jakarta

Men at the bottom bear the weight of their team mates

A man grimaces as his team compete

It takes team work to reach the prizes

and gets a bit messy in the process

A satisfying win for this yonge man

But you do wonder how they get the prizes down…

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