Stumble Into Indonesia's Unseen Places
Submitted by viravira on 4 January 2013 • Opinion
Yay, it’s that time of the week again! This week’s #frifotos theme is NEW. Hm. I just bought new shoes but we decided to upload some pictures that more people could relate to, especially at this time around. Yep, you guessed it, NEW YEAR! But hold up, don’t close this window just yet. We dug out our photo albums and got some of these babies to show ya, none of them are from the latest New Year’s Eve of 2013. Tadaaaa..!!!
The Chinese New Year, or Sincia, or Imlek as they call it in Indonesia, is one of the most celebrated New Years in Indonesia. This one right here was a barongsai show we saw at the Sam Poo Kong temple in Semarang city, Central Java, for the celebration of the 2563rd year in the Chinese calendar.
In the same year, last year, we got to be a part of the Vesak celebration, which was the turning into year 2556 BE (Buddhist Era). The ceremony first took place at Candi Mendut and then at Candi Borobudur, both in the outskirts of Magelang, Central Java.
Okay, okay, we give up. We couldn’t not give you a picture of the mainstream NYE. This we took in Kuta, Bali, at the start of 2009. Ohohoho, Indohoy wasn’t even launched back then, still in the womb. We were thinner and had better skin back then. *pondering*
Playing a little outside of Indonesia, we were in Bangkok, Thailand, mainly for their Songkran celebration. It’s the traditional Thai New Year, and I must say, of all new year celebrations I’ve been to (which probably not so many anyways), it’s the new year celebration I heart the most! I mean, I got to shoot whomever I wanted on the streets! Woohoo!! In this picture, soldier Vindhya is helping soldier Muty clearing flour from her eyes, to then continue with the water war!! Ghaaaaahhh!!!
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