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Central Java and Jogja Calendar of Events 2017: The Story of Java

 

 

The central part of the beautiful island of Java consists of 2 provinces, namely: Central Java and Yogyakarta (or more popularly known as Jogja).

 

Central Java and Jogja Calendar of Events 2017: The Story of Java
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Here throbs the heart and  soul of Java's ancient sophisticated civiliation that reached its pinnacle in the 8th and 9th century, as evident in the construction of the mighty Borobudur  temple, - a Buddhist heritage -,  and its adjacent  graceful Prambanan temple complex, - a Hindu archaeological site. The wonder is how these two magnificent temples of such differing religions could stand so close to one another without having experienced any apparent historical battles in its past.  


Further archaelogical proofs have confirmed that on Java, and in particular in this central part of Java, the different religions that have been infused here have been absorbed peacefully into the philosophy, character and behaviour  of its inhabitants. In the 14th century, Islam was spread here, while Chinese Admiral Zheng He dropped anchor at the port of Semarang , leaving behind some of his followers who brought with them Chinese customs and traditions. This period was followed by Europeans, who from the 16th century on instilled the Christian religion as well as other modern world views. All these influences have, through the centuries been philosophically absorbed by the inhabitants and their leaders, whose majority today embrace Islam, but which impressions have quietly morphed the profile and character of the Javanese of today, who live in this modern 21st. century.

 

Central Java and Jogja Calendar of Events 2017: The Story of Java
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Borobudur temple, it seems, disappeared under tons of lava during one of Mt Merapi’s huge eruptions. It was rediscovered and delved by British Governor General Sir Thomas Stamford Raffles in the 17th century , Borobudur was in the20th century gradually rebuilt to its former glory, as was the Prambanan temple complex.

 

And so, in efforts to retrace history, relive the centuries of changing civilizations in this region. yet living in the present world, while looking forward to the future,  the Indonesian Government has decided to revitalize this whole region, among others, through the staging of dynamic tourist events throughout the year, to tell the Story of Java.

These range from the religious and the spiritual, to arts and culture including cuisine and health, to the more mundane competitive sports.

 

 

Central Java and Jogja Calendar of Events 2017: The Story of Java
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Calendar of Events in Central Java and Yogyakarta 2017:

 

 

No

Yogyakarta Events Calendar 2017

Months

Date

1

Tawur Agung Prambanan

March

27

2

Ratu Boko Yoga & Meditation Day

April

9

3

The Borobudur Dance Art Creation Competition

April

11-12

4

Mandiri Jogja International Marathon

April

17

5

Borobudur International Conference

May

6-7

6

Borobudur Photo Contest

May

1-30

7

Vesak day in Borobudur

May

11

8

Prambanan Music, Art, & Culture

May

20

9

Prambanan International Yoga Day

June

3

10

Borobudur Legoland Festival

June

15-30

11

Sounds of Borobudur Cultural & Music Camp

July

14-16

12

Borobudur Hair Style & Fashion Masterpiece

July

22

13

Borobudur International Festival

July

28-30

14

Prambanan Culinary Festival

August

12-13

15

Prambanan Jazz

August

19-20

16

Keraton Nusantara Dance Festival

August

20-21

17

Ratu Boko Festival

September

22-24

18

Borobudur & Prambanan Water Color Heritage Exhibition

September

25

19

Gamelan Nusantara & Langen Cerita Festival

October

6

20

Prambanan - Borobudur International Heritage Goo Wess Bike Tour

October

28

21

Prambanan Music Performance

October

28

22

Borobudur Cultural Feast

October

17-18

23

Jogja International Heritage Walk, November 18-19

November

18-19

24

Borobudur International 10K

November

26

25

Borobudur Nite

December

31

 

 

 

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