Yogyakarta with Numerous Tradition

06 Dec, 2020 • 399 View
Yogyakarta dengan Segudang Tradisi

Yogyakarta with Numerous Tradition

Visiting Yogyakarta, is always special. We can see variety of natural beauty and ancestral traditions along with family and friends. Beside the historical sites, there are also traditional ceremonies that have been carried out until now. These traditional ceremonies are also an attraction and interest to exotic photo hunters and tourists who are enthusiastic about culture.

Let's take a look at several traditional ceremonies in Yogyakarta!

  1. Nguras Enceh

Nguras Enceh is a ceremony usually held to clean Gentong (barrels) in the funeral complex of the kings of Imogiri, Bantul - Yogyakarta.

The meaning of this ceremony, which is carried out every Friday or Tuesday Kliwon in the month of Sura, is to clean our heart from dirty and envious thoughts. Apart from cleaning the Gentong, this ceremony is also held to preserve the relics of Sultan Agung.


  1. Labuhan

Labuhan is one of the traditional ceremonies performed by the kings at the Yogyakarta Palace. This traditional ceremony aims to pray for the safety of Kanjeng Sri Sultan, the Keraton Yogyakarta and the people of Yogyakarta.

The ceremony is full of magical meanings that are usually associated with certain legends. This ceremony usually held in historical places of the predecessor kings.

  1. Bekakak (Saparan)

This ceremony is held in the month of Safar. The aim of this ceremony is to respect the loyalty of the royal servants, Kiai and Nyai Wirosuto towards Sri Sultan Hamengkubuwono I.

Uniquely, in this ceremony, a pair of Javanese brides will be slaughtered. Luckily, the bride and groom referred here are Temanten Dolls made of glutinous rice flour. Every year, the Bekakak ceremony is held in Ambarketawang Village, Gamping, Sleman, DI Yogyakarta.

  1. Sekaten

This ceremony is held every 5th of the Maulud (Javanese calendar). This ritual which was held to commemorate the birth of the Prophet Muhammad SAW has existed since the reign of Sultan Hamengkubuwono I.

If in the past Sekaten was intended as a call to embrace Islam, now Sekaten is interpreted more as a joy for the birth of the Prophet Muhammad. Uniquely, during the week of the Sekaten ceremony, there will be Javanese gamelan games Kyai Gunturmadu and Kyai Nogowilogo.

  1. Grebeg Muludan

The Grebeg Muludan ceremony is actually a series of the Sekaten ceremony. Grebeg Muludan is the main event of the Sekaten ceremony which falls on the 12th of Rabiul Awal.

During Grebeg Muludan, the Keraton Yogyakarta guards will hold a parade carrying the gunungan to the north square. Gunungan which consists of glutinous rice, side dishes, vegetables and fruits are then distributed to the community at the end of the activity.