Scores of wayang orang (human puppet) troupes ruled the main streets of Yogyakarta on Oct. 7 to celebrate the 262nd anniversary of the historical city.
In its third year, Jogja Wayang Night Carnival once again proved that wayang orang is able to stay current with the help of a modern carnival fanfare.
Around the historic Tugu Monument, thousands of people gathered to watch wayang orang dance performances.
Also at the night parade, residents from 14 districts showcased their wayang costume creations and floats in various themes, such as the Ramayana epic and the beloved Javanese wayang character, Semar.
Yogyakarta Governor Sri Sultan Hamengkubuwono X says the parade marks the interaction between tradition, represented by wayang, and the modern world of carnival.
“I hope this interaction produces spectacular entertainment, which demonstrates Yogyakarta as a cultural city,” the sultan added. [yan]