The Dipowinatan Mergangsan kampung in Yogyakarta has something the residents wait for every year. Since 2010, the urban kampung has hosted a festival called Merti Golong Gilig. In the festival, performers present a traditional dance theater piece narrating the battle of good vs evil.
The hero is Arjuna while the evil side represented by three giants.
The residents hold the event to foster unity among themselves and to raise their spirits in facing challenges together. They symbolize unity by wielding brooms made of tied palm fronds.
The residents also welcome guests and tourists to the event to make Yogyakarta a more interesting tourist destination.
One of the main attractions in the event is a rice cake [arem-arem] arranged to become a small mountain called golong gilig gunungan.
The small mountain is carried around the kampung and at the end of the event, residents race to get the arem-arem.
The entire kampung participates in the festival. Each house provides snacks and food in the front yard and every one can have them for free. [evi]