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Green '€˜ondel-ondel'€™ to enliven Jakarnaval

  • Sita W. Dewi

    The Jakarta Post

Jakarta | Wed, June 19, 2013 | 08:20 am

At least 1,500 performers will take part in this year'€™s Jakarnaval, slated to be held on June 30 in Central Jakarta. The annual carnival, which is part of a series of festivities to mark Jakarta'€™s 486th anniversary, will also welcome participants from outside the capital, including Central Java, West Java and Kalimantan.

Governor Joko '€œJokowi'€ Widodo had previously asked Jakarta students to get involved in the Jakarnaval by creating ondel-ondel (giant effigies) inspired by their own imaginations.

Ondel-ondel have been chosen as the central theme of this year'€™s carnival. '€œThe involvement of Jakarta residents and students in the process, as well as their innovation will distinguish this year'€™s Jakarnaval from previous carnivals,'€ Jokowi said at City Hall on Tuesday.

'€œThis year'€™s theme is the magic of ondel-ondel. I have asked students to create their own original ondel-ondel so that they appeal to the younger generation,'€ he said.

On Tuesday, dozens of students from across Jakarta visited City Hall after four months of preparation to present their completed ondel-ondel, which were made of recycled material, to the governor.

'€œI am thrilled with the outcome '€” they look amazing. There will be several versions of ondel-ondel, including the original ones,'€ Jokowi said.

The ondel-ondel will join the carnival'€™s parade, which will move from City Hall to the Hotel Indonesia traffic circle in Central Jakarta.

Prior to the Jakarnaval, Jokowi is due to cut a giant tumpeng (cone-shaped rice dish) during the commemoration of Jakarta'€™s 486th
anniversary, which falls on Saturday, according to the event'€™s committee head, Sylviana Murni.

'€œPrior to the cutting ceremony, Pak governor and the 4.86-meter-high tumpeng will join the parade to the Hotel Indonesia traffic circle,'€ Sylviana said. '€œThe first two slices of tumpeng will be presented to two of Jakarta'€™s public figures: the wife of former governor Henk Ngantung, Evie Ngantung, and former deputy governor Eddie Nalapraya.'€

Sylviana added that the committee would also be preparing 486 small tumpeng in addition to the giant one.

'€œWe will hand out the tumpeng to Jakarta residents during the Jakarta Night Festival on Saturday evening. Pak governor wants to enjoy the tumpeng together with the people,'€ she said.

During the Jakarta Night Festival, Jl. Medan Merdeka Selatan to the Hotel Indonesia Traffic Circle will be closed from 6 p.m. until midnight.