The glory of Chinese New Year in Indonesia depend on the culture that developed in each area. Interestingly, Chinese New Year celebrations is can be enjoyed by all people, not only for Chinese society. All people can enjoy the holidays and cultural celebrations. Let’s look at 7 Chinese New Year celebratrions in some cities in Indonesia!
1. Semarang’s Chinatown, Treat You With Halal Culinary in the Chinese New Year
In the Semawis market, you will meet luxurious interior with bright red lanterns and lights. This area will be more crowded at Chinese New Year celebrations. In here, you can enjoy many performing arts such as barongsai, Gambang Semarang, wayang puppets, jipin, and wushu.
Semawis market also will treat you with hundreds of unique street culinary. Don’t worry about the flavor, you can imagine how delicious a Chinese food, right? Porridge, fried rice, babat gongso, es puter, loenpia, and many more! There are so many stand who serves you halal menu.
2. The Special Chinese Cultural Week in Malioboro, Yogyakarta
Yogyakarta also has a Chinatown area, precisely in Kampung Ketandan, Malioboro. Kampung Ketandan has an annual event for Chinese New Year celebrations, named Chinese Cultural Week. In addition to decorate the street with Chinese ornaments, Kampung Ketandan will also be presenting some art and culture performance for celebrations.
In there, you can meet an special culinary, Lontong Cap Go Meh, loenpia, or Nian Gao. You also buy so many unique souvenirs that sold at cheap price.
In the Chinese New Year, there will be a Barongsai parade that will be held along Malioboro street. Well, do you want to spend your time in this celebration?
3. In Lombok, Chinese New Year Celebrated With Silaturahmi and Cultural Event
On average, the Chinese society in Lombok is centered in Cakranegara, Mataram. On the Chinese New Year, the region held some Chinese traditions to celebrate the Chinese New Year.
The name is Silaturahmi and Cultural Event. Chinese society gathered and will be treated with more than 5000 Nian Gao cake and 1000 plates of Lontong Cap Go Meh. And all the food and beverages is free. It also can be enjoyed by non-Chinese people. It shows the warmth of tolerance, isn’t it?
While enjoying the typical Chinese dishes, visitors can enjoy the traditional dance performance, barongsai, even magic shows. Hmm, fun all the way!
4. Guyub Rukun Grebeg Sudiro in Solo
This event implemented as a form of Chinese New Year celebration. But the fact is, Grebeg Sudiro is a cultural acculturation from Javanese and Chinese. Grebeg is one of Javanese tradition in welcoming the great days. Typically, grebeg implemented with parading Gunungan containing a variety of crops, and grabs in the end of the event. According to the belief, someone who take part of the Gunungan will receive blessings from God.
Grebeg Sudiro held in Gedhe Market, Solo. In this area, there also many Chinese society, who live in harmony with Javanese people. So, this moment is very important to strengthen the inter-religious social life.
The contents of Gunungan at Grebeg Sudiro is Kue Keranjang or called Nian Gao, fruits, and vegetables. Grebeg Sudiro will be held a week before the Chinese New Year, with a series of barongsai dance, grebeg, art performance, and closed with a firework festival in the Chinese New Year’s eve.
5. The Festive of Tatung and Cap Go Meh in Kalimantan
Chinese society in West Kalimantan enliven Chinese New Year with parade Tatung. The parade was held two weeks after the day of Chinese New Year. Tatung’s parade is a tradition intended to expel evil spirits from the region.
Tatung will played by someone, who on the implementation of the parade was really penetrated by the spirit of their ancestors. Interestingly, there are some Dayak society who have contributed to Tatung, as a form of hoamge to the Dayak who were the original inhabitants of Borneo. There are so many people who excited to watch this procession.
6. Bogor Cap Go Meh Street Festival as Unifying Society
Bogor also has an interensting way to celebrate Chinese New Year. Not only crowded by the Chinese society, another society also interested to watch Bogor Cap Go Meh Street which was already a tradirion for the last 100 years.
Held in Surya Kencana and Siliwangi street, Bogor Cap Go Meh street juggling this area becomes red and festive! In this area will be held some tradition such as carnival, the palanquin procession of Raden Suryakencana, Dewa Hok Tek Tjeng Sin, Dewi Kuan Yin, and Dewa Kwan Kong. Beside that, there are so many art and culture performance such as barongsai, gambang kromong, sisingaan, and many more. It is more than happiness!
7. Chinese New Year Celebration at Boen Tek Bio Temple, Tangerang
Historically, Chinese is the society who first cleared the forest in Tangerang. That is why in Tangerang inhabited by the ethnic Chinese society. No wonder, there are so many temples in Tangerang, including Boen Tek Bio as the oldest temple in there.
Chinese New Year celebrations in Tangerang centered on this temple. Chinese society will praying together with their family and friends. The religious tolerance is very deep in here. About 100 meters from Boen Tek Bio Temple, there is a mosque that had stood since 1700, named Kali Pasir Mosque. Although it is located side by side, Muslim and Chinese society in here live harmoniously. They help each other for the celebrations of their great days, including the Muslims helped enliven the Chinese New Year celebrations in Boen Tek Bio temple.
There are also lots of police, forums or community organizations, and the local people who are not from Chinese society, who are willing to sustain the Chinese New Year celebrations run safely. Barongsai performance and other Chinese cultures can also be enjoyed by all the people in Tangerang. How beautiful life is.
Seeing a great tolerance of the Chinese New Year celebrations, it seems to make us affected. Hopefully the integrity of our beloved country always be preserved. Happy Chinese New Year! Find the Lunar Promo from Avoskin here.