Jakarta, IO – As Indonesia’s native cultural heritage, the existence of Batik is considered to be one of Indonesia’s cultural identities. To appreciate batik, the government even declared October 2 as the National Batik Day.
The designation is based on the date batik was recognized as an intangible cultural heritage by the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) a few years back in September 2008, per Detikcom, Monday (2/10).
Batik was then confirmed as an intangible cultural heritage at the fourth session of the Inter-Governmental Committee on Intangible Cultural Heritage in Abu Dhabi, UAE, on October 2, 2009.
To commemorate this special moment, the Indonesian Government declared it as National Batik Day to increase public awareness of efforts to protect and develop Indonesian batik. In addition, the government has even appealed to all officials and employees within the provincial and regency/municipal governments to wear batik clothes every Wednesday.
In the historical journey of Indonesia, batik has been seen as the glue that binds the nation together as well as being a symbol of unity. It enables people from all social strata to mingle in a sense of togetherness.
In 2023, the public can celebrate National Batik Day online. A number of twibbons which can be downloaded via https://www.twibbonize.com/harlahbatikindonesia, have been prepared by a number of parties so that people can upload them on social media. (un)