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Keeping tradition alive

  • a royal servant makes apem (traditional pancake) dough to be used in a ritual before welcoming Ramadhan at the Yogyakarta palace on July 6, 2013. The annual ritual is named Ngebluk Jladren. JP/Tarko Sudiarno

    a royal servant makes apem (traditional pancake) dough to be used in a ritual before welcoming Ramadhan at the Yogyakarta palace on July 6, 2013. The annual ritual is named Ngebluk Jladren. JP/Tarko Sudiarno

  • Royal servants dry fry rice to make apem (traditional pancake) at the Yogyakarta palace on July 6, 2013. JP/Tarko Sudiarno

    Royal servants dry fry rice to make apem (traditional pancake) at the Yogyakarta palace on July 6, 2013. JP/Tarko Sudiarno

  • A royal servant grates coconut to be used as an ingredient to make apem at the Yogyakarta palace on July 6, 2013. JP/Tarko Sudiarno

    A royal servant grates coconut to be used as an ingredient to make apem at the Yogyakarta palace on July 6, 2013. JP/Tarko Sudiarno

  • Royal servants and members of the royal family make apem during the Ngapem ceremony in Keputren (Lady’s Court) at the Yogyakarta palace on July 6, 2013. JP/Tarko Sudiarno

    Royal servants and members of the royal family make apem during the Ngapem ceremony in Keputren (Lady’s Court) at the Yogyakarta palace on July 6, 2013. JP/Tarko Sudiarno

  • A man reads Macapat (Javanese poetry) at the Bangsal Sri Manganti hall in Yogyakarta palace on July 6, 2013. JP/Tarko Sudiarno

    A man reads Macapat (Javanese poetry) at the Bangsal Sri Manganti hall in Yogyakarta palace on July 6, 2013. JP/Tarko Sudiarno

  • Royal servants carry offerings before praying at Yogyakarta palace. The offerings were thrown into the Indian Ocean at Parang Kusumo Beach on May 8, 2016. JP/Tarko Sudiarno

    Royal servants carry offerings before praying at Yogyakarta palace. The offerings were thrown into the Indian Ocean at Parang Kusumo Beach on May 8, 2016. JP/Tarko Sudiarno

  • A search and rescue staff member throws an offering into the ocean during the Labuhan ceremony at Parang Kusumo Beach, Yogyakarta, on May 19, 2015. JP/Tarko Sudiarno

    A search and rescue staff member throws an offering into the ocean during the Labuhan ceremony at Parang Kusumo Beach, Yogyakarta, on May 19, 2015. JP/Tarko Sudiarno

  • Men collect some of the offerings at Parang Kusumo Beach, Yogyakarta, on May 19, 2015.  JP/Tarko Sudiarno

    Men collect some of the offerings at Parang Kusumo Beach, Yogyakarta, on May 19, 2015. JP/Tarko Sudiarno

  • Dozens of Yogyakarta Palace royal servants carry offerings along a trail to Mount Merapi during the Labuhan ceremony on April 28, 2017. JP/Tarko Sudiarno

    Dozens of Yogyakarta Palace royal servants carry offerings along a trail to Mount Merapi during the Labuhan ceremony on April 28, 2017. JP/Tarko Sudiarno

  • A woman prays at Parang Kusumo Beach, Yogyakarta, during the Labuhan ceremony on April 27, 2017. JP/Tarko Sudiarno

    A woman prays at Parang Kusumo Beach, Yogyakarta, during the Labuhan ceremony on April 27, 2017. JP/Tarko Sudiarno

  • Hundreds of Yogyakarta Palace royal servants pray over offerings to be thrown into to the sea on April 27, 2017. JP/Tarko Sudiarno

    Hundreds of Yogyakarta Palace royal servants pray over offerings to be thrown into to the sea on April 27, 2017. JP/Tarko Sudiarno

  • Dozens of Yogyakarta Palace royal servants and the search and rescue staff carry offerings to be thrown into the sea on April 27, 2017. The offerings include batik, which signifies the coronation anniversary of Hamengkubuwono X. JP/Tarko Sudiarno

    Dozens of Yogyakarta Palace royal servants and the search and rescue staff carry offerings to be thrown into the sea on April 27, 2017. The offerings include batik, which signifies the coronation anniversary of Hamengkubuwono X. JP/Tarko Sudiarno

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