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Dieng Culture Festival 2012

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Dieng Culture Festival 2012

Posted on 17 July 2012

Named as the mystical side of Central Java, Dieng Plateau is there to amaze. Cruising along a 26-km road from Wonosobo, the closest city to the town of Dieng, the picturesque panorama would never disappoint. The peaks are above 2,000 meters above sea level and Dieng is literally surrounded by them. Mt. Sumbing and Mt. Sindoro, the two most renowned volcanic mountains in the area, reveal their magnificence right before our eyes. Get there in the morning and watch the phenomenal misty haze exhibit gradual time-lapsing episodes.

Each year, Dieng Plateau is a home for a culture festival. On June 30th to July 1st, 2012 Dieng was on the highlighted days on the calendar of events. Thousands of people from the vicinity and beyond flocked in the almost-isolated town of Dieng. The main attraction on the two-day event was the ritual of dreadlock hair cutting tradition. A certain number of children around Dieng vicinity are known to have these naturally matted coils of hair; a bad premonition for the parents and the village where he or she lives. To get rid of the blight, the parents must bring the children to the plateau and have the hair cut by the local spiritualists at the temple.

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