Blend the Extravagant of ‘Sekaten Solo’ Festival

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February 17, 2014 by MsDailyLife

Metha, ID – National holidays of Prophet Muhammad’s Birthday, which falls on the last day of the year (24/01/13) gives chances for the traveler for having a long holidays. Instead of spending hours at the mall, take the time to take off one day more to be able enjoy the long weekend.

Sekaten festival which lasts for seven full days will be covered with 'Grebeg Mulud' tradition that falls on the birthday of Prophet Muhammad.

Sekaten festival which lasts for seven full days will be covered with ‘Grebeg Mulud’ tradition that falls on the birthday of Prophet Muhammad.

My recommendation is to enjoy the festival Sekaten in Solo. This tradition is routinely held every year to commemorate the birth of Prophet Muhammad. Usually their held in a very firstly month periode on January.

The gamelan musicians who served during celebrations Sekaten in the city of Solo.

The gamelan musicians who served during celebrations Sekaten in the city of Solo.

Sekaten (derived from the Syahadatain) is a ritual held every 5th Mulud by the Java calendar. The ceremony is held simultaneously in two cities, namely Solo and Yogyakarta. This tradition has been around since the days of the Government of Demak, the first Islamic kingdom in Java. When gamelan sounded, the public flocked to come, and that’s when Walisongo do greatness. Until now gamelan tradition preserved as a marker of the start of the festival Sekaten.

Two sets of gamelan heritage of Ward Ponconiti transported to the Masjid Gede Kauman, for the procession Miyos Gongso in Ngayogyakarta. Gamelan named Kyai Guntur Madu first residing in the ward Pradangga (right side / south of the Great Mosque of Surakarta), and the second is Kyai Guntur Sari who was in ward Pragangga (to the left / north of the Great Mosque of Surakarta). A total of 120 helped escort the royal courtiers of the palace gamelan towards the Great Mosque.

Great Mosque of Surakarta.

Great Mosque of Surakarta.

There is a special ritual for the gamelan (gamelan). They should fast beforehand and give offerings of flowers, incense, and fruit-harbor variation in both the gamelan heritage. When on duty, the musicians also wear a special uniform.

Both sets of gamelan played alternately from morning until late evening, for 7 days in a row after previously held a prayer. Shortly after playing the gamelan, the yellow leaf used to decorate the palace mosque contested ward residents who meet location. Yellow coconut believed to bring blessings to their lives. On the last night, two heirloom gamelan will be taken back to the palace.

Sekaten Night Market held at North Square Kraton Surakarta Sultanate, Solo, Central Java, an alternative arena of recreation for the citizens of Solo.

Sekaten Night Market held at North Square Kraton Surakarta Sultanate, Solo, Central Java, an alternative arena of recreation for the citizens of Solo.

In addition to a series of ceremonies and traditions, in the town slogan Sekaten The Spirit of Java is also enlivened by the night market which only appears when Sekaten alone. Sekaten Night Market held in North Square, Keraton Surakarta Sultanate. Various rides childhood games such as carousels, Ferris wheel, and BomBom car, there is in this market. In addition, unique items that are rarely sold in major cities such as pottery piggy bank and tuk-tuk vessels can also be found there.

Sekaten feast is marked by the holding of Grebeg Mulud, which is marked by the release of Jaler and Gunungan Estriakan Mountains. Two giant cone of Kraton Surakarta paraded to the Grand Mosque around 08:00. The peak moment attracted thousands of people. They not only come from Solo, but also in the surrounding areas, such as Sragen, Karanganyar, Winton, and others.

Sekaten feast marked with mound parade contains glutinous rice, fruits, and vegetables are brought from Surakarta to the Grand Mosque.

Sekaten feast marked with mound parade contains glutinous rice, fruits, and vegetables are brought from Surakarta to the Grand Mosque.

Visitors who present the content of mountains parade get their hopes that consists of various kinds of agricultural products and snacks. Usually contains glutinous rice, vegetables, and fruits. At this moment, all the courtiers and their relatives Surakarta palace come assembled. Gunungan prayed before then distributed to the community.

If you are a hunter festivals, including celebrations in Solo Sekaten pity to miss. Because this is where the combined elements of tradition and religious teachings are still strong embraced by residents of Solo. Not too late, there are a years ahead to pack up and drove to Solo to join in the fun Sekaten drift.

 

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