Things to do in Jogja must include the experiences which cannot be found in other places. It is true that many people call Jogja as a city of culture. There is no doubt about it because there are many cultural traces which can be seen in this place including the festivals which take place annually. Here are some annual festivals in Jogja which people should witness directly.
Festival Kesenian Yogyakarta or Yogyakarta Art Festival
The first popular annual festival which can be found in Yogyakarta is Festival Kesenian Yogyakarta. This art festival consists of various activities which are held usually in the middle of the year between August and September. There are a lot of things to experience because the festival lasts for two weeks. The festival will be held in various locations each year. Various art performances can be found during the festival which combines traditional and modern art. This festival will also be the right time for enjoying the culinary adventure while enjoying the art. This is the event where people can find many things in one place including for shopping. Besides art performance, people will also be able to find other activities such as the art exhibition and workshop.
Festival Sekaten or Grebek Maulud
Since tradition cannot be separated from Yogyakarta, it must be great to include the festival which shows the traditional part of Jogja in the list of things to do in jogja. December to January becomes the perfect time to enjoy the holiday in Jogja not only because this is the place where people can find a great tourism support but also because it is the time for Festival Sekaten. This is the festival which is held for celebrating the birth of the prophet. There are traditional activities and rites which are done for a long time ago.
People will be able to watch the people of the palace who carry the gunungan (things which are arranged like a small mountain). The locals will compete to grab those things from the gunungan. Besides this traditional rite, people actually can also enjoy the market which is held in the northern palace field for a week. They can find many things to buy from the traditional snacks to the crafts. There will also be some attractions which can be enjoyed at a very cheap price.
Festival Gamelan Yogyakarta
Gamelan is a traditional music instrument of Java including in Yogyakarta. People should not miss the Festival Gamelan Yogyakarta because they can enjoy the traditional music not only from Yogyakarta but also from other places in Indonesia and even from the other countries. This festival is usually held at Taman Budaya Yogyakarta which is not far from the Malioboro Road and Beringharjo Traditional Market. They will not only be able to enjoy the music during the festivals because there will also be the workshops and exhibition which can be followed. This is the opportunity which must not be missed especially when people are visiting Yogyakarta in August. The festival will last for three days only so it must be included in the list of the things to do in jogja.