HomeBlogs Tunggulwulung Parade Indonesia is rich of ethnic groups in which cultures are live and grow
for years. One of the cultural festivals in Indonesia is held in
Jogjakarta, a province in the Java Island. Jogjakarta itself has so many
rituals in which the religions and faith that exist have very strong
relation to the ceremony or festival. One of the cultural events or
ceremonies is Tunggulwulung Parade.
Tunggulwulung Parade is
usually held on August or September after the celebration of Indonesia’s
Independence Day on 17th of August. The parade is held for only one
day. The start of the parade takes place at Godean, a city about 15
kilometers to the west of Jogjakarta, and will march for about 10
kilometers to the west and it will end at Minggir village.
Tunggulwulung Parade is held to celebrate the Independence Day, to
express great thanks to the God and to show an ancient javelin called
Kiai Tunggul Kebo. The tomb is about 200 or more years old. Some people
believe that the javelin has supernatural power or there are spirits
live in it.
The Parade is illustrating the Jogjakarta in the
past, when the Sultan of Jogjakarta ruled the Mataram kingdom. Every
participant of the parade should wear their custom uniform. The amount
of participant is usually more than 1000 people. The most participant is
representing the Sultan’s soldier and many of them are in fact Sultan’s
soldier. Not only are the participants representing Javanese culture
and ethnic but also other culture and ethnic such as Dayak (an ethnic in
the Borneo/Kalimantan Island), Balinese, etc. The participants are
grouped in several categories such as soldier (prajurit), musicians,
civilians, other ethnic groups.
The ritual behind the Parade Before
the parade starts, there will be a ritual or a prayer. The ritual is
asking for the God to give prosperity, health, good brotherhood among
the people and to show gratitude on the grace. To express the gratitude,
three buffalos’ head are sacrificed. The head of the buffalos are then
will be sunk at Progo River in Minggir village. The other things to be
presented as the symbol of gratitude are gunungan (fruits and vegetables
arranged like pyramid) and traditional foods. The gunungan and the
foods are then given to all visitors and the parade is ended by
performing one night shadow puppet (wayang kulit) show at Minggir
The parade or carnival is not merely give unique target
for the photograph or showing the cultural richness but it also has
deeper meaning for the people in communicating with the God.
event is free and there won’t be ticket to be bought except the cost for
the bus. From the city of Jogja we can take a bus that will cost about
Rp. 5.000,00 or a taxi that will cost Rp. 50.000,00. If you are able to
ride a motorcycle it is better to rent one for only Rp. 50.000 – Rp.
75.000,00 per day. The visitors may go to Jogjakarta