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Culture Class: Holidays in Indonesia, Lesson 22 - National Sports Day
Hello, and welcome to the Culture Class- Holidays in Indonesia Series at IndonesianPod101.com. In this series, we’re exploring the traditions behind Indonesian holidays and observances. I’m Eric, and you're listening to Season 1, Lesson 22, National Sports Day. In Indonesian, it’s called Hari Olahraga Nasional.
National Sports Day is a state event that falls on September 9. Responding to an appeal by the Central Government, the regions in Indonesia commemorate this day by holding traditional sports tournaments. The winners at the regional levels come together to compete at the national championship.
In this lesson, we’ll learn about the traditional sports, or olahraga, that can be found at these competitions.
Now, before we go into more detail, do you know the answer to this question-
What is the traditional martial art originally founded in Indonesia that is part of competitions at the Southeast Asian Games?
If you don't already know, you’ll find out a bit later. So, keep listening.
Gobak sodor is a game that's very popular among all ages in Indonesia. This game is played by two teams, with one team trying to move to the other team’s side, while the other team tries to block their opponents from getting through. To stop their opponent, players stretch out their hands and move from left to right.
Dagongan is a game between two teams using bamboo as a tool to push opponents back until they are defeated. Both teams hold the two ends of the bamboo and push the bamboo with full force until one team is forced to move back.
In Terompah panjang, a whole group of people strap a single, long board to each of their feet. This game requires solid cooperation and harmonious movement so that the terompah, or board, can be moved in unison past the finish line. A pair of terompah is used by four people. The winning team is the one that reaches the finish line first. Because you need a wide space, like a field, in order to play, this kind of game is more often held in smaller cities, instead of larger ones. The people of the big cities have to wait for an opportunity such as National Sports Day or August 17, Independence Day, to play.
Now it's time to answer our quiz question-
What is the traditional martial art originally founded in Indonesia that is part of competitions at the Southeast Asian Games?
The answer is pencak silat, the traditional martial art of Indonesia.
So listeners, how did you like this lesson? Did you learn anything interesting?
Are there any similar traditional games played in your country?
Leave us a comment telling us at IndonesianPod101.com!
And I’ll see you in the next lesson!