Sedekah Bumi Kapasan Dalam: A Delicious Fusion of Javanese and Chinese Culture

Sedekah Bumi Kapasan Dalam: A Delicious Fusion of Javanese and Chinese Culture

2016-09-29 02:12:05 UTC

Surabaya is the second biggest city in Indonesia, the vast moving of its people is inevitable. People come and go every day, and it makes Surabaya turn into one of the busiest cities in Indonesia. There are many problems that have to be faced by big cities like Surabaya, and one of them is the preservation of culture. Big city like Surabaya is identical with its mixed people who come from various ethnics and social background which makes it possible for the people who live in this city to lose their cultural background.

However, there still efforts come from the people. They are still want to preserve the culture that have been there for more than 120 years. People who live in Kapasan Dalam held an old cultural tradition on Monday, 26 September 2016, named Sedekah Bumi. Sedekah Bumi (literally translated as Offering to Mother Earth), or locally known as Nyadranan, is a traditional ceremony which require people to bring the food and crop products, paraded around the place, and then gathered and say a prayer, be thankful of what God have given them. Then, they will eat food and crop products together, accompanied by traditional gamelan ensemble. 

Sedekah Bumi which was held in Kapasan Dalam is quite unique, because it combines the Javanese element and Chinese cultural heritage. People who live in Kapasan Dalam mostly come from Chinese ethnics, but they are already melted and assimilate with the Javanese along the way. In Sedekah Bumi held on Monday, there was a traditional dancer who was a Chinese-Indonesian girl, as well as the shadow puppet (wayang) which was told by a Chinese-Indonesian dalang (shadow puppet story teller). The wayang group told the story of Laire Abimanyu (The Born of Abimanyu), told by Tee Boen Liong (went under his Javanese name, Sabdhosutejo) a Chinese-Indonesian dalang (shadow puppet story teller). followed by the gamelan ensemble of Suryo Guritno and Angelica, a sinden (traditional singer) who was also a Chinese descendant.

Events like this should be preserved and kept by the society, alongside with the support from the City Government so that it still can be seen by our next generations in the future.

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