Each year, on 28 October, Indonesia celebrates ‘The Youth Pledge Day’, or in Bahasa Indonesia, ‘Hari Sumpah Pemuda’. This date marks the day back in 1928, when a group of young Indonesian nationalists declared the “Sumpah Pemuda” for the first time. They proclaimed three ideas that went on to underwrite the establishment of the Indonesian republic: one motherland, one nation and one language.
Emphasising the “one language” part of the pledge, the young nationalists declared “We the sons and daughters of Indonesia, uphold the language of unity, Bahasa Indonesia.” Because of this pivotal historical event, in Indonesia, October is often referred to as “Bulan Bahasa” or “Language Month”. During this month, campaigns, competitions and activities are often held to express the love for—and appreciation of—the nation-building role that Bahasa Indonesia has played in uniting Indonesia’s 270 million people into a single country.
This year (2022), ACICIS is challenging all Australian citizens aged 18 years and over to share their favourite word in Bahasa Indonesia through the “Bahasa Sesh Challenge”.
Participating in this challenge will be a great opportunity to win one free ACICIS Indonesian Language Short Course session in Central Java, valued at over $3,000 AUD! Additionally, all submissions will be considered as a collective effort to learn Bahasa Indonesia, for everyone, in an exciting yet modern way.
The challenge will be open from 1 to 26 October 2022. The winner will be announced on 28 October 2022.