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Sekaten: A royal celebration to welcome Maulid Nabi

  • Royal servants and family members of the Kasunanan Palace in Surakarta, Central Java, walk to the Surakarta Grand Mosque where a musical performance using Sekati, a set of gamelan or Javanese traditional instruments belonging to the palace, will mark the start of Sekaten. JP/Ganug Nugroho Adi

    Royal servants and family members of the Kasunanan Palace in Surakarta, Central Java, walk to the Surakarta Grand Mosque where a musical performance using Sekati, a set of gamelan or Javanese traditional instruments belonging to the palace, will mark the start of Sekaten. JP/Ganug Nugroho Adi

  • Royal servants carry Gamelan Sekati from the Kasunanan Palace, Surakarta, to the Grand Mosque. JP/Ganug Nugroho Adi

    Royal servants carry Gamelan Sekati from the Kasunanan Palace, Surakarta, to the Grand Mosque. JP/Ganug Nugroho Adi

  • Vendors sell quid usually consisting of betel leaf, areca nut, and lime – often with other ingredients such as gambier and tobacco. In a tradition called Miyos Gongso, people chew betel as they listen to a musical performance played using Sekati, a set of gamelan or Javanese musical instruments belonging to the Surakarta palace. JP/Ganug Nugroho Adi

    Vendors sell quid usually consisting of betel leaf, areca nut, and lime – often with other ingredients such as gambier and tobacco. In a tradition called Miyos Gongso, people chew betel as they listen to a musical performance played using Sekati, a set of gamelan or Javanese musical instruments belonging to the Surakarta palace. JP/Ganug Nugroho Adi

  • Royal servants play a pair of gamelan, namely Kyai Guntur Madu and Kyai Guntur Sari, to mark the start of Sekaten. JP/Ganug Nugroho Adi

    Royal servants play a pair of gamelan, namely Kyai Guntur Madu and Kyai Guntur Sari, to mark the start of Sekaten. JP/Ganug Nugroho Adi

  • A Surakarta resident carries a plastic bag containing water and flower petals as an offering in a ritual called Miyos Gongso. JP/Ganug Nugroho Adi

    A Surakarta resident carries a plastic bag containing water and flower petals as an offering in a ritual called Miyos Gongso. JP/Ganug Nugroho Adi

  • A Surakarta resident holds young coconut leaves successfully snatched from a gunungan [cone shaped offerings] during Sekaten. JP/Ganug Nugroho Adi

    A Surakarta resident holds young coconut leaves successfully snatched from a gunungan [cone shaped offerings] during Sekaten. JP/Ganug Nugroho Adi

  • Visitors can find kuda lumping, or dancing horse effigies, and whips, traditional toys that local vendors always sell during Sekaten. JP/Ganug Nugroho Adi

    Visitors can find kuda lumping, or dancing horse effigies, and whips, traditional toys that local vendors always sell during Sekaten. JP/Ganug Nugroho Adi

  • Visitors can buy animal-shaped piggy banks at markets held during Sekaten. JP/Ganug Nugroho Adi

    Visitors can buy animal-shaped piggy banks at markets held during Sekaten. JP/Ganug Nugroho Adi

  • A traditionally made boat toy called “otok-otok” is always available during Sekaten. JP/Ganug Nugroho Adi

    A traditionally made boat toy called “otok-otok” is always available during Sekaten. JP/Ganug Nugroho Adi

  • Royal servants and soldiers of the Kasunanan Palace, Surakarta, bring gunungan [cone shaped offerings] in a ritual procession during Gerebeg Sekaten.  JP/Ganug Nugroho Adi

    Royal servants and soldiers of the Kasunanan Palace, Surakarta, bring gunungan [cone shaped offerings] in a ritual procession during Gerebeg Sekaten. JP/Ganug Nugroho Adi

  • Royal servants and soldiers of the Kasunanan Palace, Surakarta, bring gunungan [cone shaped offerings], which contain vegetables, fruits, harvest yields and rengginang [sticky rice-based traditional snacks]. JP/Ganug Nugroho Adi

    Royal servants and soldiers of the Kasunanan Palace, Surakarta, bring gunungan [cone shaped offerings], which contain vegetables, fruits, harvest yields and rengginang [sticky rice-based traditional snacks]. JP/Ganug Nugroho Adi

  • Hundreds of people struggle to obtain a piece of the gunungan, the cone shaped offerings, in front of the Surakarta Grand Mosque. JP/Ganug Nugroho Adi

    Hundreds of people struggle to obtain a piece of the gunungan, the cone shaped offerings, in front of the Surakarta Grand Mosque. JP/Ganug Nugroho Adi

  • People fight to grab a piece of the gunungan, or cone shaped offerings, in front of the Surakarta Grand Mosque. JP/Ganug Nugroho Adi

    People fight to grab a piece of the gunungan, or cone shaped offerings, in front of the Surakarta Grand Mosque. JP/Ganug Nugroho Adi

  • Visitors enjoy a night market held during Sekaten in the yard of Vastenburg Fortress in Surakarta, Central Java. JP/Ganug Nugroho Adi

    Visitors enjoy a night market held during Sekaten in the yard of Vastenburg Fortress in Surakarta, Central Java. JP/Ganug Nugroho Adi

  • Two daredevils ride their motorcycles at high speed on the inside of a barrel in an adrenalin-boosting attraction called “Tong Setan”. JP/Ganug Nugroho Adi

    Two daredevils ride their motorcycles at high speed on the inside of a barrel in an adrenalin-boosting attraction called “Tong Setan”. JP/Ganug Nugroho Adi