Indonesia Culture Parade
Indonesia is a colorful country. It is an archipelago consisting around 17000 islands and has more than 600 languages. This country has abundant natural resources, a pleasant tropical climate and enticing landscapes with different cultures. Our indepence Day is celebrated on 17th August every year. I took these pictures near the national monument in Jakarta some years ago on a carnaval. Too bad i lost my cell phone because I was too busy with the camera and it was so crowded that the pickpocket could easily steal things. Well, the security is not the strong point in this country. But it was really amazing to get to know some traditional dances and lovely clothes from several regions in the same time. Usually, these clothes and dances are only used and performed on a ceremony such as weddings. So, even for Indonesian, this carnaval was greatly entertaining.
The first contingent I had the chance to see is from east Java. java is the most populated island in the country. The red and white strip shirt is most probably from the island Madura. Which is also known for it’s “Sate” and bull-racing competition which is called “Kerapan Sapi”
Our capital is Jakarta, it’s indigenous tribe is “Betawi” or the Batavian. Their culture is unique and I see it somewhat as a harmonious blend of chinese, western and malay culture.
You see, Indonesia has 34 provinces currently. I must admit I can not name them all correctly, and I’m sorry I do not know the culture of each province either, like I saw in the following pictures. But I was dazzled by the gold and black color on their dress. I really should have put more attention in the geography class.
All I know about North Maluku is that the capital is Sofifi and the biggest city is Ternate. Their traditional dance is called Lenso dance and I really wish I knew the name of the dress this lady in red wore.
Maluku is the neighbor province of North Maluku, its capital is Ambon and their traditional clothes, dances and house are similar.
The south Sulawesi contingent wore Torajan traditional dress and their dance is called Kipas dance
Bengkulu is one of the provinces which is located in the Sumatra Island. Their traditional dance is Andun dance and Bidadari dance, which literally means Angel dance.
the next group was from Bangka Belitung. One of the majority tribe living there is chinese descendant, so their culture is also heavily influenced by chinese culture. You can see Barongsai and a lot of red color on their festive dress.
One of the tribe in South Kalimantan has a unique custom to carry the bride and the groom on their wedding day. So, ladies and gents, if you want to celebrate your wedding day in Banjar style, it is really helpful if you lose some weight first lol
The next group performing was really lovely, unfortunately I don’t know where they are come from. Oh I know too little of my own homeland…
The province West Sulawesi is proud of their maritime culture. They also value their traditional weaving technique called TENUNAN MANDAR.
the following picture display our brothers and sister from Papua. Their province lies on an island called Irian Jaya. Their life is still so fused with nature. A lot of people there are still hunting and gathering sago to provide food for themself and their traditional outfit is worn more in daily life than that in other province.
the tourist fave destination in Indonesia: Bali. People knows more about Bali than they know about Indonesia. Well, that is understandable since they have beautiful white strand and blue indian ocean which is perfect for surfing. They also have a thousand temple and splendid dances that easily attracts tourists. Don’t get me wrong, the other provinces have as well their own charm, it’s just that it has not been discovered or better said promoted as well in the international world, and sadly it is not as well conserved or managed.
The next province performing is Kalimantan Timur or east Kalimantan.
the next one performing is my own province, central Java! 😀
Indonesia is one rich nation, in culture, language and religions. With these differences there are conflicts and clashes. But there is unity in diversity
Berbeda-beda tapi tetap satu jua