The Jakarta Post
Thousands of lanterns will fly into the sky in Borobudur on New Year's Eve. (JP/Tarko Sudiarno)
The director of Borobudur Park in Central Java, Edy Setijono, said on Friday that the park would be releasing thousands of lanterns on New Year’s Eve as part of the 2017 Borobudur Cultural Feast and Borobudur Nite events.
The activity is a result of the collaboration between state-owned companies and artists and musicians within the Borobudur temple area.
“Locals will bring the best quality food and products to the event,” Edy told Antara news agency, noting that the event would also feature booths selling local products.
The Borobudur Cultural Feast will also feature musicians such as Andien, Kevin and The Red Rose, the Java Ensemble and Orchestra and Gaharu Nusantara. At midnight, the lanterns will be released to ring in the new year.
“There will be 2,500 lanterns that will be released,” said Ayu Dyah Pasha, director of Cathaya event organizer. The lanterns, she added, were imported from Thailand and the release would be carried out by 200 volunteers. (asw)