Jaunt­ing in Jogja

The Star Malaysia - Star2 - - MATTA FAIR -

YO­GYAKARTA, com­monly pro­nounced “Jog­jakarta” and called Yo­gya or Jogja, is the soul of Java where Ja­vanese artis­tic, tra­di­tions, cul­ture and in­tel­lec­tual her­itage are most ap­par­ent.

One of the sites which at­tracts many vis­i­tors is the Ta­mansari Wa­ter Cas­tle. Lo­cated just south­west of the Kra­ton ( Sul­tan’s Palace), Ta­mansari once served as a splen­did plea­sure park of palaces, pools and wa­ter­ways for the sul­tan. Built by Sri Sul­tan Ha­mengkubu­wono I in 1758, the site is di­vided into func­tional places such as Um­bul Bi­nan­gun ( the pool), Is­tana Pu­lau Ke­nanga, Pulo Cemeti and Su­mur Gu­mul­ing.

Yo­gyakarta has many art and cul­tural events which are worth watch­ing. Some of those cul­tural events are:

Gare­beg

Gare­beg or Gre­beg is a tra­di­tional cer­e­mony as a sym­bol of the sul­tan’s gen­eros­ity to his peo­ple.

Gre­beg cer­e­monies are held three times a year; Gre­beg Shawal to hon­our the fast­ing month, Gre­beg Maulud to cel­e­brate the birth of Prophet Muham­mad, and Gre­beg Be­sar to cel­e­brate the Eid al- Adha.

Dur­ing Gre­beg, agri­cul­tural prod­ucts are car­ried along the city streets past crowds of on­look­ers. The pro­ces­sion was ac­com­pa­nied by a salvo of gun­shots from palace guards in tra­di­tional cos­tume.

Pawai Bu­daya Jogja ( Jogja Cul­tural Car­ni­val)

The car­ni­val is held to cel­e­brate the an­niver­sary of City of Yo­gyakarta on Oct 7. A pa­rade of tra­di­tional art and cul­ture of Yo­gyakarta is the mag­net of the car­ni­val.

Pekan Bu­daya Tionghoa Yo­gyakarta ( Chi­nese Cul­tural Week)

Held since 2006, the an­nual fes­ti­val is a time for the Chi­nese com­mu­nity in Yo­gyakarta to show their tra­di­tional cul­ture such as Chi­nese mu­sic, Barong­sai dragon and the Poo Tay Hie pup­pet show.

Con­cen­trated in Kam­po­eng Ke­tan­dan, Yo­gyakarta’s Chi­na­town, this fes­ti­val is also a cel­e­bra­tion of the Chi­nese New Year.

For de­tails, look out for its ad­ver­tise­ment in the StarSpe­cial.

come on over for fun at the Ta­mansari Water­cas­tle.

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