The upcoming Cap Go Meh festival will be held on March, 2nd 2018, marking the last day of the Chinese New Year or Imlek. The festival means "the 15th night", hence, it is celebrated 15 days after Imlek, when the full moon will be at its brightest. Chinese descendants all over the world, including Chinese-Indonesian, celebrate this day with vibrant festivals.
For the Chinese-Indonesians, the tradition is as important as Imlek. Major cities in Indonesia celebrates the occasion with joyous fanfare. The festival usually includes Barongsai (lion dance) performance, lantern parade, and delicious food festival. Traditionally, Chinese-Indonesians will celebrate on the eve of March 2nd with their families, but
So where can one go to take part in the celebration? Below we have listed seven places which will
1 | Glodok (West Jakarta)
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Cap Go Meh in Glodok is one of the most lively festivals in Indonesia. This year, Chinese-Indonesians in Jakarta will celebrate the occasion with an event called "Festival Pencinan & Cap Go Meh 2018 (Chinatown and Cap Go Meh Festival 2018)" from March 3rd-4th on Jalan Pancoran, Glodok. The festival will feature an array of food stalls, Barongsai performance, and a dog contest to welcome the year of the dog.
2 | Bogor (West Java)
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Bogor will be hosting its Cap Go Meh festival March 2nd on Jalan Surya Kencana. The festival will showcase Indonesia's cultural diversity with a parade of art and cultural performances from all over Indonesia, including Kalimantan, Betawi, Javanese, and Chinese culture among others. Food vendors and market stalls will also take part
3 | Semarang (Central Java)
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Semarang is known to go all out during Chinese holidays, and for Cap Go Meh it is definitely one of the places to be. Following the full moon, Cap Go Meh celebration will begin on March, 2nd and continue to last for a few days. Those looking to celebrate in Semarang can go to Sam Po Kong temple, a tourist attraction that has historical significance for the Chinese-Indonesian community, and Pasar Semawis, a local market decorated with red and gold lanterns during the celebration.
4 | Singkawang & Pontianak (West Kalimantan)
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Singkawang offers a completely different way of celebrating this holiday, and that is by providing holiday tours. The tours include
5 | Manado (North Sulawesi)
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In Manado, Cap Go Meh is a very religious occasion with prayers in the temple leading
6 | Bintan (Riau Archipelago)
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Bintan is a beautiful island to celebrate this upcoming Cap Go Meh. This holiday destination is perfect for those looking to celebrate the festivity with their beloved. Expect Barongsai dance and an Imlek-themed night bazaar during Cap Go Meh. Bintan is a great place to go on any given day, especially during this special occasion.
7 | Kemaro Island (South Sumatera)
Kamaro Island is located on a small delta of Musi River, about 6 km downstream of Ampera Bridge. Home to several Buddhist temples, the island is said to be a sacred place and it is here where the prayers for Cap Go Meh will be held. The beautiful island is also known as the island of love, making it a
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