Night Market “Pasar Malam”of Sekaten [1]

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In pre-Islam Majapahit, Javanese princes conducted an annual harvest feast called Aswamedha which lasted for six days. On the seventh day, the princes meditated in the temples and asked for the blessing of the gods for the continued fertility of the soil and prosperity of the realm.

This ceremony was later incorporated into celebrations surrounding the birthday of the prophet Muhammad by the Islamic kingdom of Demak,and Sultan Agung (reigned 1613-1646) is credited with introducing gamelan performances to the celebrations to attract crowds in the interest of propagating Islam.

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