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Solo Wayang Karnaval

My office was having a team building activity in Solo for a couple of days. So it was a nice surprise when I found out that when we were there, the city also had the Solo Wayang Carnival to celebrate the city’s 267th anniversary.

The carnival itself was scheduled to start at 14:00. When we got there, it hasn’t started yet. The city’s main road, Jalan Slamet Riyadi was closed and already filled with people and food vendors. Along this road the carnival will be held.

The city mayor, Joko Widodo, opened the carnival. Dressed as a Wayang, he rode on a horse and greeted the people who have been waiting to see the Carnival.

Lots of people dressed as many kind of wayang, from wayang golek, potehi or wayang China, gedog or panji, wayang kancil, wayang suluh or nabi, and wayang wahyu, go through the main road. Some are sitting in a carriage:

While most were walking:

Most of the participants come from high school and universities, while there are others who come from art studios and media.

Lots of colours and some are dancing to the gamelan music that accompanied the carnival.

Some plyaed it cool

While some were happy to give a nice smile to the camera…

And off course, the spectators. Some of them got really excited that they jumped to the middle of the road and posed with the carnival participants 🙂


Jalan Jalan ke Petak Sembilan

With the Chinese new year coming, me and few work colleagues decided to travel to a place known as Petak Sembilan. Located on Jalan Kemenangan III 13 Glodok, Taman Sari, Jakarta Barat, the place will be filled with many visitors in welcoming the Year of the Blackwater Dragon.

We meet up at Kota Tua, just in front of Batavia Cafe. From there, we walk to Petak Sembilan. We were enjoying our walk there, where we also took photos along the way.

We are going through a market filled with vendors selling many chinese new year’s ornaments, food and many other things. It is pretty crowded. Once we arrived at the Klenteng Petak Sembilan, which is also known as Vihara Dharma Bhakti. It is the oldest klenteng in Jakarta, and was built in 1650.

There are a lot of people praying in the temple. Not only that, there are also many tourists and photographers. It is a good moment to take photos. I went in to the place where people burn candles and pray. I can’t stay long there as my eyes got irritated by the smoke.

Outside, there are people burning candles and praying as well. Outside of the temple, there are people already waiting for angpao. They are mostly poor people and patiently waiting.

In another building, but still part of the temples, there are plenty of red lampoons hung to the ceiling, and becoming a popular object for the photographers.

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