Men stand on each other's shoulders as they attempt to climb a greased pole

Photo: Bay Ismoyo/Getty Images

An Indonesian tradition

Men stand on each other's shoulders as they attempt to climb a greased pole to reach bicycles and buckets filled with prizes at Ancol Beach in Jakarta on Aug. 17, the 67th anniversary of Indonesia's independence. The unusual competition has become a tradition of the country's Independence Day celebrations.

 

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Men team up during a greased pole climbing competition

Photo: Bay Ismoyo/Getty Images

Greasy team work

Men team up during a pole climbing competition on Ancol Beach. Indonesia declared its independence from the Dutch empire 67 years ago, sparking a violent revolution that lasted four years.

 

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