Thursday, May 29, 2014

Festivals celebrating Jakarta 487th anniversary

In the coming two months, the capital city will be alive with activity, as Jakarta celebrates its 487th anniversary. Besides the larger scheduled events, there will be plenty of other activities to keep you entertained. 

Setu Babakan Festival

Those living in South Jakarta can celebrate the city’s anniversary with native Betawi residents in Setu Babakan in Jagakarsa district — a cultural village that preserves and champions the Betawi culture. 

On June 21 and 22, get in to the Betawi groove with the gambang kromong, a Betawi ensemble that combines traditional Indonesian and Chinese instruments. There will also be traditional dancers, dressed in colorful costumes, Betawi martial art performances and various traditional snacks and dishes to tantalize your taste buds. 

The event will also run competitions that have almost vanished due to the invasion of sophisticated gadgets. 

Palang Pintu Festival

Still in South Jakarta, this festival, which this year will be held on June 7 and 8, has become one of the municipality’s iconic events. 

The event committee close off Jl. Kemang Raya and in place of the usual bumper-to-bumper traffic, booths selling Betawi art and food, such as kerak telor (omelet cooked on charcoal), will line the road. A stage will also be set up for traditional performances. 

One of the must see performances is the Palang Pintu ceremony, a Betawi wedding tradition that is sometimes performed when new officials are inaugurated. 

Passer Ikan Fair

Passer Ikan Fair (the Fish Market Fair) has been held in Museum Bahari (the Maritime Museum) in North Jakarta to mark the city’s anniversary since 2011. The fourth iteration will be held on June 7 and 8.

The two day festival will feature a seafood bazaar, an exhibition of models of ships and other nautical artifacts that tell of the glory of Indonesia’s seafaring. 

The official Twitter account @MuseumBahariJKT will be updated with information on the festival. 

Tea Festival 

The Tea Festival is the new kid on the block. An official from the city’s event coordination team said the Tea Festival would be held in the History Museum, which is also known as the Fatahillah Museum, on June 20. 

“Visitors can learn about tea from across the country and how to serve it,” she said. 

Rawa Belong Flower Festival 

This annual festival in Rawa Belong, West Jakarta, has plenty of floral-based activities, such as flower displays, ornamental plants, a flower pageant competition, flower arranging competitions as well as a short course on flower preservation. 
Rawa Belong reportedly supplies some 80 percent of the country’s flower demand and is regarded as the biggest flower market in Southeast Asia (Jakarta Post)


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