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Easter celebration Javanese style in Ganjuran

  • Slamet Susanto

    The Jakarta Post

Jakarta   /   Tue, April 7 2009   /  02:29 pm

Quite different from the way most Christians celebrate Easter, Gereja Hati Kudus (Holy Heart Church) in Ganjuran, Bambanglipuro, Bantul will celebrate it in Javanese style using local tradition. This year's Easter celebrations, according to the secretary of the parish board, Tunggul Pamungkas, will be focused on Good Friday. The congregation will wear traditional Javanese clothes and services will be conducted in the Javanese language. "This is in response to our community's tradition and at the same time to show our concern about the fact that tradition is being gradually abandoned by many," said Tunggul. Gereja Hati Kudus Ganjuran, said Tunggul, since it was established by Dutchman Scmumzer, has always placed priority on local tradition as can be seen in the crowned statue placed in front of a shrine. Tunggul told The Jakarta Post it was ironic that the younger gen...