Boy T Harjanto
Jl. Malioboro in Yogyakarta is commonly packed with tourists – domestic or foreign – who want to enjoy the city. Visitors can buy merchandise from street vendors occupying Malioboro’s sidewalks during the day. At night, they can enjoy traditional food on the famous street.
However, Jan. 9 was an exception. Malioboro was very quiet that day. Street vendors closed down their businesses for 24 hours.
They agreed to stop doing business every Tuesday Wage, which comes every 35 days on the Javanese calendar, because it coincides with the birthday of Sultan Hamengku Buwono X.
On the eve of every Tuesday Wage, street vendors safeguard the area and, in the morning, they collectively clean up the street.
The tradition began recently on Sept. 26, 2017, a date that coincides with the 261st anniversary of Yogyakarta. [yan]