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Jakarta Post

Cap Go Meh festivities in Chinatown celebrate city's diversity, unity

  • News Desk

    The Jakarta Post

Jakarta   /   Sun, February 9, 2020   /  03:16 pm
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Crowds gather to watch a 'liong' (dragon) dance at Pancoran Chinatown Point mall in Glodok, West Java, on Saturday, Feb. 9. The performance was staged as part of the Cap Go Meh celebrations. (JP/Galih Gumelar)

Hundreds of Jakartans were drawn into the excitement of the post-Lunar New Year celebration of the Cap Go Meh festival in the capital’s Chinatown area of Glodok in West Jakarta on Saturday, with visitors enjoying the various performances that celebrated diversity and the fusion of Chinese and local traditional cultures. Hendrawanto, a 54-year old resident of Penjaringan, North Jakarta, laughed heartily as he watched two lenong (traditional Betawi theater) performers trade pantun (four-line rhyming poems) with each other. Hendrawanto, who is of Chinese descent, said he had grown up watching lenong performances. “I enjoy watching the performances because they’re so funny. I’m glad that I came to the festival as it’s very rare that I can see a show like this,” Hendrawanto said. The Cap Go Meh festival, w...