Every year the Chinese-Javanese communities of mixed descent in the city of Surakarta, -better known as Solo, - in Central Java celebrate Chinese New Year in what is known as the Grebeg Sudiro festivities. In 2016 Grebeg Sudiro will be held from 31 January – 8 February 2016 around the Pasar Gedhe area, Solo's very own Chinatown. The area will light up with hundreds of lanterns, lion and dragon dances will be prancing along the streets accompanied by clashing cymbals and drumbeat, people in colorful traditional Chinese and Javanese costumes paraded, while contemporary royal dances from the keraton or palace of the Sultan of Solo and the royal house of Mangkunegaran will be performed along Jalan Sudiroprajan. The parade finishes at the Tien Kok Sie temple in front of Pasar Gedhe or the Grand Market.
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