Events in Jakarta
The Indonesian people can be very traditional, and they celebrate lots of festivals and events throughout the year. These events bring together Balinese, Javanese and people from other Indonesian communities in joyful celebrations. Some of the best events include:
Lunar New Year
A public holiday all over the country, the Lunar New Year is ushered in with a host of festivities. There are so many events held all over the city, such as lion dances (known as barongsai) with legendary dragons. The Petak Sembilan region in Jakarta's Chinatown is another place of interest, and on the Ancol seashore dragon boat races are the highlight of the day.
Java Jazz Festival
This yearly occasion brings together top-notch artists, musicians and visiting bands in a three-day fair in March. Full of music, entertainment, and art it a true celebration of Jazz. Traders from all over Asia come to sell their products as artists and musicians share their talents on various stages across the celebration grounds.
Food and Fashion Festival
A once a year, in May, one of the city's top property developers and Jakarta Tourism Office collaborate to host the food and fashion festival. This event is hosted at the Sentra Kelapa Gading area in North Jakarta. Upmarket fashion shows are held in conjunction with a gala of local and worldwide cooking events. Perfect for foodies and fashionistas alike.
Festival Passer Baroe
Celebrated every June at the Passer Baroe locality (Passer Baroe locally means 'New Market'), this event features social and culinary events celebrating the Betawi traditions.
Given that Jakarta is one of the liveliest cities in Southeast Asia, there is always a reason to visit this delightful city. No matter what your interests, you are sure to fall in love with the magnificent metropolis. Book your tickets today.