Grebeg Maulud

Grebeg Maulud 2015

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Grebeg Maulud is the event of Keraton Yogyakarta to celebrate the birthday of Prophet Muhammad. In 2015, Grebeg Maulud held on January 3.

People call it Grebeg because in this event the king of Keraton Yogyakarta and the royal family will come out from the Keraton. When they come out, they will be guarded by the  Prajurit Keraton Yogyakarta.  The parade is depicted as the wind which produces the sound of “grebeg…grebeg…” This is why people call it as Grebeg.

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In the process of the Grebeg Maulud, Keraton will present Gunungan as the symbol of gratitude.Gunungan is the present for the people which contains of foods or vegetables. The foods and vegetables are stacked in the shape of mountain (gunung). That is why people call it gunungan.

The gunungans come out from Keraton with the guardian of the Prajurit Keraton (Keraton guards Units) heading to Masjid Agung. In Masjid Agung, the gunungan will be blessed. After the blessing, the prajurit keraton will bring the gunungans to North Square. There are a lot of people is waiting for the gununngan to come. They then swarm the gunungans and try to get the foods or the vegetables from the gunungans . People believe that the foods and the vegetables from the gunungan will bring luck for people who take it.

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January 114, 2014 people have been congregating in front of Pagelaran Keraton Yogyakarta, filling in Alun-Alun Lor (the north square) and Masjid Agung awaitng for the Grebeg Maulud procession.

At 10 a.m. the Grebeg Maulud procession began when Keraton Yogyakarta  guard units (perajurit Keraton)marched out of the Keraton Yogyakarta, passed through the Siti Hinggil and Pagelaran onto the Alun-Alun Lor, then turned west to enter the Masjid Agung.

The Gunungan, a food offerings in the shape of mountains symbolizing male and female fertility (lingga and yoni), were brought  from the Keraton to the Masjid Agung right behind the Perajurit Keraton’s (Keraton guard units) march.

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January 114, 2014 people have been congregating in front of Pagelaran Keraton Yogyakarta, filling in Alun-Alun Lor (the north square) and Masjid Agung awaitng for the Grebeg Maulud procession.

At 10 a.m. the Grebeg Maulud procession began when Keraton Yogyakarta  guard units (perajurit Keraton)marched out of the Keraton Yogyakarta, passed through the Siti Hinggil and Pagelaran onto the Alun-Alun Lor, then turned west to enter the Masjid Agung.

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January 114, 2014 people have been congregating in front of Pagelaran Keraton Yogyakarta, filling in Alun-Alun Lor (the north square) and Masjid Agung awaitng for the Grebeg Maulud procession.

At 10 a.m. the Grebeg Maulud procession began when Keraton Yogyakarta  guard units (perajurit Keraton)marched out of the Keraton Yogyakarta, passed through the Siti Hinggil and Pagelaran onto the Alun-Alun Lor, then turned west to enter the Masjid Agung.

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January 114, 2014 people have been congregating in front of Pagelaran Keraton Yogyakarta, filling in Alun-Alun Lor (the north square) and Masjid Agung awaitng for the Grebeg Maulud procession.

At 10 a.m. the Grebeg Maulud procession began when Keraton Yogyakarta  guard units (perajurit Keraton)marched out of the Keraton Yogyakarta, passed through the Siti Hinggil and Pagelaran onto the Alun-Alun Lor, then turned west to enter the Masjid Agung.

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 The female Gunungan paraded.

 January 114, 2014 people have been congregating in front of Pagelaran Keraton Yogyakarta, filling in Alun-Alun Lor (the north square) and Masjid Agung awaitng for the Grebeg Maulud procession.  

At 10 a.m. the Grebeg Maulud procession began when Keraton Yogyakarta  guard units (perajurit Keraton)marched out of the Keraton Yogyakarta, passed through the Siti Hinggil and Pagelaran onto the Alun-Alun Lor, then turned west to enter the Masjid Agung.

The Gunungan, a food offerings in the shape of mountains symbolizing male and female fertility (lingga and yoni), were brought  from the Keraton to the Masjid Agung right behind the Perajurit Keraton’s (Keraton guard units) march.

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A male Gunungan paraded.

January 114, 2014 people have been congregating in front of Pagelaran Keraton Yogyakarta, filling in Alun-Alun Lor (the north square) and Masjid Agung awaitng for the Grebeg Maulud procession.

At 10 a.m. the Grebeg Maulud procession began when Keraton Yogyakarta  guard units (perajurit Keraton)marched out of the Keraton Yogyakarta, passed through the Siti Hinggil and Pagelaran onto the Alun-Alun Lor, then turned west to enter the Masjid Agung.

The Gunungan, a food offerings in the shape of mountains symbolizing male and female fertility (lingga and yoni), were brought  from the Keraton to the Masjid Agung right behind the Perajurit Keraton’s (Keraton guard units) march.

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January 114, 2014 people have been congregating in front of Pagelaran Keraton Yogyakarta, filling in Alun-Alun Lor (the north square) and Masjid Agung awaitng for the Grebeg Maulud procession.

At 10 a.m. the Grebeg Maulud procession began when Keraton Yogyakarta  guard units (perajurit Keraton)marched out of the Keraton Yogyakarta, passed through the Siti Hinggil and Pagelaran onto the Alun-Alun Lor, then turned west to enter the Masjid Agung.

The Gunungan, a food offerings in the shape of mountains symbolizing male and female fertility (lingga and yoni), were brought  from the Keraton to the Masjid Agung right behind the Perajurit Keraton’s (Keraton guard units) march.

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January 114, 2014 people have been congregating in front of Pagelaran Keraton Yogyakarta, filling in Alun-Alun Lor (the north square) and Masjid Agung awaitng for the Grebeg Maulud procession.

At 10 a.m. the Grebeg Maulud procession began when Keraton Yogyakarta  guard units (perajurit Keraton)marched out of the Keraton Yogyakarta, passed through the Siti Hinggil and Pagelaran onto the Alun-Alun Lor, then turned west to enter the Masjid Agung.

The Gunungan, a food offerings in the shape of mountains symbolizing male and female fertility (lingga and yoni), were brought  from the Keraton to the Masjid Agung right behind the Perajurit Keraton’s (Keraton guard units) march.

Grebeg Maulud (1)

Yogyakarta is rich of culture and traditional way. Last Sunday, my family and me went to northern square of Keraton Yogyakarta (alun-alun lor) to view the Grebeg Maulud procession.

The Grebeg Maulud procession is the culmination of Sekaten festival, in wich food offerings in the shape of  mountains symbolizing male and female fertility are brought from the Keraton Yogyakarta to the Mosque Gedhe Kauman.

The Grebeg procession begin at 9 am when twelve Keraton guard units, called 12 bregodo, which is 10 bregodo Lombok Abang soldiers of the Sultan’s Palace and the two soldiers bregodo Pakualaman Plangkir of the Duchy,  each outfitted in special, brightly colored garb (stripped black-and-white jackets or red coats; Napoleonic or stove-pipe hats worn over traditional Javanese headdresses with leather earrings), match out of Keraton armed with lances, bows, arrows, swords and rifles, bearing flags and playing their own fife-and-drum music.

Behind them are the gunungan, mounds of rice cakes, green beans, chili papers, peanuts and eggs arranged in the shape of male lingga and female yoni. At the Mosque Gedhe Kauman, the offerings are blessed with Islamic prayers and then eagerly dismantled by spectators who scramble for bits and pieces of the food, regarded as sacred amulets capable of warding off disaster and illness.