Wednesday, August 13, 2008

Panjat Pinang

Panjat Pinang is the most welcome ceremony on Indonesia's Independence Day. Almost all regions held it's own Panjat Pinang and it never lost the audiences!

One of the most popular games is the Panjat Pinang. An Areca palm trunk is erected in a public area and well greased with a mixture of clay and oil. At the top are hung various prizes like bikes and TVs. Whoever makes it to the top wins the prize. Needless to say there are a lot of slippery, muddy kids and grownups alike climbing over each other and struggling to reach the goal. A good time is had by all, especially the crowd watching the gaiety

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