As Indonesian approaches the 66th anniversary of its founding on August 17, 2011, vendors selling red and white Indonesian flags and decorative banners are located along almost every major roadway across the nation.
The flags come in a variety of sizes. A small flag to hang on your vehicle’s antenna sells for an average Rp. 10,000 – 12, 000 (US1.15 – US$1.40).
Beritabali.com tells of Zulkaranain (45), a trader from Tasik Malaya near Badung (West Java) who sells the small sized flags together with the standard sized flags suitable for a front yard going for Rp. 20,000 (US$2.30). In a typical day in the period running up to Independence Day, he can sell 20 flags and net a profit of Rp. 80,000 (US$9). “The point is, it’s enough for me to buy food,” Zulkaranian sighs.
As you travel the roads of Indonesia, join the celebration and purchase a red and white national flag from the vendors stationed along the side of roads in Bali or going from car to car at busy intersections.
Sekali Merdeka, Tetap Merdeka! Once Free, Forever Free!
User's Note: Remember the red’s on top; white on the bottom. Get it wrong and you’re Polish.
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