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ImageThe empty hands are up in the air. While the soldiers carry out the Gunungan Lanang pass the Keraton (Palace) Pakualaman gate. The securities try to calm down the impatient and furious crowd. The sound of gamelan is vanishing, replaced by the clop of the crowd’s feet. They try so hard to stand as close as possible to the green-looking Gunungan.

About four or five men try to climb the Gunungan, and they made it. Then, they quickly grab the fruits and vegetables that hang on that cone-shaped wooden made. It just like you can see the vegetables raindrop. Long beans, red and green chilies, are grabbed for the mass that crowded around the Gunungan.

Less than 10 minutes, the Keraton Soldiers are rushed and scream, try to escape from the crowd. They carried on the ex. Gunungan, or you may call it: a cone-shaped bamboo made.

What interesting for me is, there is no fight in the crowd, at all. Maybe a little bit chaos. Yet, there is no single violence action. All I can see is laughing and hysteria. The more they get, the more they feel happy.

“Boy would you like to give me one?” an old woman said to a little boy who stands beside me. I am sure, that old lady is unable to take part on that crowd. Age never lies. That boy gives her some long beans.

Grebeg Maulud is an ancient tradition, which exists more than hundred years ago. This Grebeg usually held by the Yogyakarta Palace on the Idul Fitri, Idul Adha, and of course; Maulud Nabi (a day when Prophet Mohammad was born). The Gunungan is the climax from the series of Grebeg Maulud tradition. And, this is a must-see festival for anybody. There is kinds of ceremony before the Gunungan are displayed. Few days before, the Gunungan are kept and guarded in the safe place inside the Keraton

The Gunungan is such kind the prosperity, the gift from King to his people. Many beliefs stated that this Gunungan will bring blessing in life. That’s why many people always come and grab the bunch of fruits and vegetables, which hang on the Gunungan. They may keep it, or save it. (Dwi Putri Ratnasari/ Travelboogie)

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