Javanese poetry contest held to mark anniversary of Yogyakarta’s Pakualaman roya...
To celebrate the 211st anniversary of Pakualaman royal court in Yogyakarta, horse racing and jemparingan (archery in sitting position) contests as well as a macapat (Javanese poetry) competition. The contest winners vied to win crown-shaped trophies.
Macapat has been used as a medium for Javanese people to learn and understand their culture through documented old manuscripts. Ancient Javanese literature teaches moral values, wisdom, history, religion and life lessons.
The macapat competition was also held to reintroduce Javanese culture to the younger generation, which has become alienated from their own culture. Through macapat, the younger generation could learn poetry verses that have been passed down through the ages. The verses contain moral values taken from old manuscripts that are kept at Widyapustaka library at Pakualaman palace.
The macapat competition was divided into four categories -- elementary school students, junior high school students, high school students and the general audience -- and was participated in by 185 people. [yan]