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Syawalan, a big feast and abundant blessings

  • Sea offering: Locals use a number of boats to join the Lomban procession off Kartini Beach in Jepara, Central Java. Held a week after Idul Fitri, residents joining the procession floated various offerings such as a buffalo head, agricultural produce and ketupat (rice cakes boiled in plaited coconut leaves) to show their gratitude. JP/ Ganug Nugroho Adi

    Sea offering: Locals use a number of boats to join the Lomban procession off Kartini Beach in Jepara, Central Java. Held a week after Idul Fitri, residents joining the procession floated various offerings such as a buffalo head, agricultural produce and ketupat (rice cakes boiled in plaited coconut leaves) to show their gratitude. JP/ Ganug Nugroho Adi

  • Signature dance: A dancer performs the Seblang dance while in a trance as part of an annual ritual in Olehsari village, Banyuwangi, East Java. JP/Aman Rochman

    Signature dance: A dancer performs the Seblang dance while in a trance as part of an annual ritual in Olehsari village, Banyuwangi, East Java. JP/Aman Rochman

  • Digging in: Residents enjoy ketupat in Kaliwungu district in Kendal, Central Java, during the Syawalan celebration. JP/ Suherdjoko

    Digging in: Residents enjoy ketupat in Kaliwungu district in Kendal, Central Java, during the Syawalan celebration. JP/ Suherdjoko

  • Merry festivity: Hundreds of Kendal residents in Central Java participate in a parade that features three gunungan rice cone offerings to celebrate Syawalan in Kaliwungu. JP/ Suherdjoko

    Merry festivity: Hundreds of Kendal residents in Central Java participate in a parade that features three gunungan rice cone offerings to celebrate Syawalan in Kaliwungu. JP/ Suherdjoko

  • Strengthening the bonds: A big family holds a halal bihalal post-Ramadhan gathering near Kauman Mosque in Magelang, Central Java. JP/Syamsul Huda M Suhari

    Strengthening the bonds: A big family holds a halal bihalal post-Ramadhan gathering near Kauman Mosque in Magelang, Central Java. JP/Syamsul Huda M Suhari

  • Sharing is caring: Dwi Dharmawanti (left) hands a traditional ketupat to her Hindu neighbor, Diana Kristiani (right) during the ketupat festivity in Pesanggrahan village, Banyuwangi. JP/Aman Rochman

    Sharing is caring: Dwi Dharmawanti (left) hands a traditional ketupat to her Hindu neighbor, Diana Kristiani (right) during the ketupat festivity in Pesanggrahan village, Banyuwangi. JP/Aman Rochman

  • Piece of cake: Warsini, 61, skillfully plaits coconut leaves that will be used to cook ketupat rice cakes in the traditional Legi Market in Surakarta, Central Java. A package containing 10 ready-to-use plaited coconut leaves costs Rp10.000 to Rp15.000 (about US$1). JP/ Ganug Nugroho Adi

    Piece of cake: Warsini, 61, skillfully plaits coconut leaves that will be used to cook ketupat rice cakes in the traditional Legi Market in Surakarta, Central Java. A package containing 10 ready-to-use plaited coconut leaves costs Rp10.000 to Rp15.000 (about US$1). JP/ Ganug Nugroho Adi

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