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‘Ndhog Amal’ Haiku : The Asahi Shimbun, Today

Sekaten is a javanese celebration of the Great Prophet Muhammad SAW’s birthday. Sekaten is derived from syahadatain (creed), which has to be stated when one embraces Islam.

In Sekaten fair, thousands of people filled the mosque yard to hear the sounds of the rare gamelan played for the first time this year. Before the gamelan was played, some vendors in the mosque yard offered salted eggs (symbolize the rebirth of clean souls) for chewing as soon as the gamelan was first sounded. The gamelan is played not only for entertainment purposes; the melodies brought by the court’s sacred heirloom are believed to create a magical atmosphere, signifying praise for Allah SWT and the Great Prophet Muhammad SAW.

 

Ken Sawitri_Asahi Haikuist Network, AJW by The Asahi Shimbun_Sekaten

Ken Sawitri (Indonesia) Published for the 1st time in ASAHI HAIKUIST NETWORK/ David McMurray on August 15th, 2014 Selected by David McMurray

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