October 2, 2009 has been declared by the President of Indonesia as Batik Day. And on October 2, I saw many people wore batik to go to the office (including me off course). What does it mean?? It means that Batik has been acknowledged internationally by UNESCO as the cultural heritage of Indonesia. It is a relief for us since our neighbor keeps trying to claim some of our cultures as their culture.
Happy Batik Day, Guys. See how charm we are on Batik... :D
It was friday when we celebrated the "Batik Day". Actually, many government offices have started to oblige their staffs to wear batik far before the batik day was declared by the president. But such October 2 was quite special day because the people who wore batik were more than it used to be.
Batik is not an obligation in my office although it is located in the government building. But still, some friends of mine wear Batik frequently especially on Friday following the government officials in our building. I personally do not wear batik frequently but I do have some batiks collection. some friends who do not usually wear batik try to have different look by wearing batik on October 2, and it made them be center off attention in our office. And they were inaugurated as the Best Dress of the Month. (Thanks for wearing Batik, dude).
Photo session in front of th sacred tree
To make the batik day more happen, we held photo sessions for the whole people in the office. And here are some pictures that shows us how batik really make us much more handsome/beautiful than we usually do. (It sounds a bit exaggerating, huh? Come on, just accept that we had better look on batik).
Me, surrounded by the Batik Angels
The government indeed succeeded to acclaim Batik as our heritage, but we have to remember that Indonesia has many heritages which are so potential to be acclaimed by other countries. If we do not continue keeping such heritages, we will lost them. We know that many things spread quickly nowadays because of a trend so called globalization but it is not an excuse for other countries to claim something which historically do not belong to them. And we do not fight for what we have, we will lose them.
My office neighbors... We are quite lho??? *wink wink*
How about those who did not use Batik on the Batik Day? Do not worry dude, the nationalism is not that narrow, not wearing Batik doesn't mean you do not care, right?. It is just that you lost your chance to be cuter during the Batik photo session, hehehehe.
When UNESCO declared officially that Batik is the cultural heritage of Indonesia on October 2, Indonesia people massively wear batik everywhere. Now my question is: what if UNESCO declared "KOTEKA" as our cultural heritage, will we (I mean the men) happily go to office wearing KOTEKA?? Wakakakak, I can't even imagine people put that on their p***s and walk proudly to the office. If it happens, I think I would prefer say I am sick and won't go to the office. Jyaaaaaah.
Are you ready for Koteka day?? (thinking)