Jakarta Top Festivals you Don’t Want to Miss

Jakarta is situated in northwest of Java island and is Indonesia’s capital and largest city. It is the country’s political, cultural and economic, center and the city which has the highest population not only in Indonesia but also in the entire Southeast Asia. Jakarta is filled with an exhilarating nightlife and flamboyant shopping areas. The city is also the melting pot and center of Indonesian culture which may be the place for you to enjoy new things. You will also find out that the people of Jakarta are some of the most hospitable, friendly and helpful people you will find in the world. To make sure you also have an amazing time while in Jakarta you need to book your accommodation in advance on Traveloka, preferably, before you arrive in Jakarta. 

Jakarta being Indonesia’s social capital, it hosts a variety of event and festivals throughout the year. It has many festivals which are attended by a lot of people from all over the world and are celebrated annually. These festivals make your holiday in Jakarta more thrilling. Although there are many good festivals here is a list of some of top five festivals in Jakarta you don’t want to miss:

  1. Lunar New Year

The Lunar New Year is a public holiday celebrated throughout the country, and is embraced by a series of festivities. Shopping centers mainly located in west Jakarta hold several events during the weeks prior to and right after the Lunar New Year, such as lion dances with fictional dragons. Another point of interest which also holds this event is the Petak Sembilan neighborhood located in Glodok which is also referred to as Jakarta’s Chinatown, while the seaside district of Ancol hosts dragon boat races.

  1. Cap Go Meh

The Cap Go Meh festivities mark the culmination of the New Year celebrations and are celebrated fifteen days after the Lunar New Year. They are also identified as the Festival of Lanterns. The word Cap Go Meh implies the “fifteenth day of the first month” and comes from the Chinese Hokkien dialect.

  1. Jakarta Fashion and Food festival  

Jakarta Fashion and Food festival is an annual partnership between one of the city’s prominent property developers and the Jakarta Tourism Office, this festival takes place in the Sentra Kelapa Gading region of north Jakarta. Designer fashion shows are jointly held together with a celebration of international and local culinary events.

Jakarta food

  1. Jakarta Highland Gathering

Scotland may be on the other part of the world, but Jakarta also hosts its own kind of the traditional Highland games and celebrations at the Highland Gathering. In recent years, the festival has taken place in the Lippo Karawaci region in Tangerang and it is a much anticipated event for both locals and expatriates alike. The event is also graced by the UK Ambassador and the Jakarta Governor.

  1. Festival Palang Pintu

Festival Palang Pintu is also identified as Festival Kemang and is jointly arranged by the government of Jakarta and Sanggar Manggar Kelape (a Betawi artistic and cultural group residing in Kemang, south Jakarta). During this event, the already lively neighborhood of Kemang hosts fashion shows, bazaars, parades, and fun bike events, while the cultural Betawi food is sold at street stalls.

However, there are other many more festivals to consider and it really depends on the time you visit Jakarta since the festivals take place during different times of the year.

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Author: Jonathan Marlow

Travel Blogger and dedicated world traveler

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