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Jakarta Post

Semarak Jenang Solo marks Surakarta’s anniversary

Thu, February 21, 2019   /   06:36 pm
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    Youth parade: Surakarta youngsters carry 17 types of jenang. JP/Maksum Nur Fauzan

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    For the camera: A woman poses with her jenang for photographers. JP/Maksum Nur Fauzan

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    Collective cooking: Traditional chefs cook the jenang. JP/Maksum Nur Fauzan

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    Portions of jenang served in leaves are prepared for residents during the Semarak Jenang Solo event to celebrate the 274th anniversary of Surakarta, Central Java, Sunday. JP/Maksum Nur Fauzan

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    Looking good: Jenang of various flavors and bright colors are ready for consumption. JP/Maksum Nur Fauzan

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    Crunch time: Residents scramble for 1.000 portions of jenang around a replica of Surakarta's clock monument. JP/Maksum Nur Fauzan

Maksum Nur Fauzan

Surakarta, a major city in Central Java, celebrated its 274th anniversary on Sunday with Semarak Jenang Solo, a jubilant procession and free giveaway of jenang (traditional pudding) at the Sriwedari Plaza.

Surakarta’s national flag hoisting team (Paskibraka) and young residents, who carried 17 kinds of jenang, began the procession by parading from Sriwedari Stadium to the plaza.

Each pudding was given a different name with a specific meaning. Among them were jenang sengkala, signifying the existence of male and female humans, and jenang procot, a Javanese term for the safe delivery of a child.

There were also 274 jenang stands that sold puddings from local traders, residents and government agencies.

Surakarta Mayor FX. Hadi Rudyatmo then began the official procession for the jenang giveaway. He poured coconut milk into a large container and rounded the number of jenang portions up to 1,000 to make a replica of the city’s clock monument, Tugu Jam Pasar Gede.

Thereafter, 1,000 containers of pudding were available for all those attending the event.

The sharing of jenang among the people of Surakarta was intended to bring abundance and fortune and promote mutual assistance in the building of the city’s future.

The mayor also called for unity. “We are Solo [Surakarta] residents. In music, solo means one and we should thus always be united,” said Hadi.