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Jakarta Post

Jakartans preserve tradition, strengthen bond at Lebaran Betawi

  • Vela Andapita
    Vela Andapita

    The Jakarta Post

Jakarta   /   Sun, July 21, 2019   /  08:55 pm
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One visitor said Lebaran Betawi was a celebration he looked forward to each year because it aimed to gather residents of Betawi descent from across Greater Jakarta.( Mantalean)

The National Monument (Monas) complex saw a larger and merrier crowd on Sunday morning as thousands of Jakartans, many dressed in traditional Betawi clothes, attended the final day of the 2019 Lebaran Betawi celebration. One enormous stage stood near the monument building and six other smaller stages took up the complex’s southern area. Near every stage stood temporary traditional Betawi houses representing the city administration, the capital’s five municipalities and one regency. Traditional art performances entertained visitors who walked from one house to another in search of free food. Dozens of bright ondel-ondel (giant Betawi effigies) were scattered across the complex, acting as welcoming hosts. “Thank God, we were able to hold the 12th annual Lebaran Betawi. This event strengthens the bond among Jakartans of Betawi descent and the rest of the city&rsqu...