#1Pic1Day: Naga Kebebasan | Dragon of Freedom (Indonesia, 2013)


Dragon of Freedom (Indonesia, 2013)

During the New Order under Suharto, Chinese culture was banned in Indonesia, including traditional and religious rituals. After the Reform Era, Chinese Indonesian (known locally as Tionghoa, from the Chinese word of “Zhonghua”) started to gain their rights as citizens, including performing their culture. The annual celebration of Cap Go Meh, the 15th day after the Chinese New Year/Spring Festival, is a great festive for the whole city. Chinese temples and other communities (including Muslims) participate in the parade, showcasing traditions and dances from all over Indonesia, including the Chinese Dragon Dance, for sure.

Naga Kebebasan (Indonesia, 2013)

Pada masa Orde Baru, kebudayaan Tionghoa dilarang di Indonesia, termasuk ritual perayaan tradisional dan religius. Setelah memasuki era Reformasi, barulah Tionghoa bebas mengekspresikan budaya mereka. Acara tahunan Cap Go Meh, atau hari ke-15 sesudah Imlek, menjadi pesta rakyat yang sangat meriah di Bogor, di mana berbagai elemen masyarakat dan kelenteng-kelenteng di Jawa Barat berparade menampilkan kebudayaan Nusantara dan kebudayaan Tionghoa, termasuk barongsai.


About Agustinus Wibowo

Agustinus is an Indonesian travel writer and travel photographer. Agustinus started a “Grand Overland Journey” in 2005 from Beijing and dreamed to reach South Africa totally by land with an optimistic budget of US$2000. His journey has taken him across Himalaya, South Asia, Afghanistan, Iran, and ex-Soviet Central Asian republics. He was stranded and stayed three years in Afghanistan until 2009. He is now a full-time writer and based in Jakarta, Indonesia. Contact: Website | More Posts

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