- Celebrate Indonesian Independence Day in Seminyak

May 12, 2010 (PRLEAP.COM) Travel News can announce that if you are staying in hotels in Seminyak this August you may feel as if the red carpet had been rolled out for your visit. However, the extra cleaning, painting and decorating of the local area has to do with Bali's Independence Day celebrations.

The festival atmosphere starts taking shape several weeks before the big event on August 17th, with flags, lights and bunting dressing buildings in their celebratory best from earlier in the month.

While the Independence Day celebrations have many official elements, such as a solemn flag ceremony attended by the country's highest-ranking officials, visitors will sense a party atmosphere on each street in Seminyak and the rest of Bali.

There are fun and games for kids, including activities such as races and bike decorating contests, and lots of delicious local food available to add to the atmosphere.

Even though Independence Day is all about national pride, locals embrace foreign visitors' interest in their special celebrations. Thanks to the various cooking competitions and eating races (such as to see who can scoff the most shrimp chips in a certain time), foodies will be spoilt for choice.

Those staying in Seminyak hotels should be warned that on Independence Day retail therapy is low on the list of priorities. So while Seminyak offers shoppers among the best retail options in Bali on regular days, prepare for most businesses to be shut as the whole village soaks up the festive atmosphere.

Posted by Delia Jones

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