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Jakarta Post

Images: Celebrating diversity through Grebeg Sudiro

  • Maksum Nur Fauzan


Jakarta   /   Wed, February 14 2018   /  12:39 am

Ready to rumble: A group of Liong dancers heads to the Tien Kok Sie Buddhist temple near Gede Market in Surakarta, Central Java, to celebrate Chinese New Year. The exquisite cultural event of Grebeg Sudiro captured widespread attention in Surakarta, Central Java, as hundreds of people swarmed to Gede Market on Sunday. They gathered en masse along with their burning enthusiasm to witness the fusion of Javanese and Chinese cultures to celebrate Chinese New Year. Grebeg Sudiro demonstrated that residents of different ethnic and religious backgrounds could happily mingle as they witnessed the kirab (parade) to honor the diversity in the city. Sixty-seven groups or roughly 1,500 participants from art and culture groups such as barongsai (lion dance), liong (dragon dance), reog (traditional masked dance) and wayang orang (human puppet) entertained spectators along the parade route. The joyous ...