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Wednesday, 13 December 2017

The city of Bogor at the foot of Mt. Salak, only an hour's drive over the toll road from Jakarta will come alive in Chinese New Year mode already one week before Cap Go Meh, or the fifteenth day of the Lunar New Year, when malls and public squares will be filled with joyful clanging of drums and cymbals when lions prance and dragon dancers meander on the street.

Highlight of the festivities is the Bogor Street Festival held in conjunction with Gap Go Meh, marking the pinnacle and the close of celebrations. An expected 10,000 performers mostly of the Chinese-Indonesian descent will participate, watched by an excited crowd thronging along the Jalan Suryakencana, Bogor's main road.

The day starts with a religious ritual at the main Temple called Hok Tek Bio or the Dhanagun monastery in the heart of Bogor's Chinatown, to honor the Creator, the gods and ancestors. Then the parade starts, led by a drum band, flags and banners, to lion and dragon dances and other performances, passing the city's main streets to return to the temple at midnight.

This is the annual Cap Go Meh (CGM) Street Festival this year held on 22 February 2016 where every one mixes in joyful mood with the Chinese community to celebrate this auspicious day, marking the end of Chinese New Year celebrations.

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