visitkhatulistiwa.com – The city of Semarang as the center of the capital of Central Java has successfully held an annual international event, namely the Cheng Ho Festival Celebration in the Great Temple of Sam Poo Kong Semarang.
The event which was held for 11 days managed to invite thousands of visitors. The celebration will be held from August 9-19, which was centered on the Great Sam Poo Kong Temple, at Simongan street 129 Semarang.
The presentation of the press secretary for the Sam Poo Kong Semarang Foundation, Mulyadi said 10,000 tickets sold for two days were always sold out. Street vendors are flooded with orders. The Karetan market that followed moved also took part in sustenance. That does not include hotels that are used as a place to stay for guests who come.
“The celebration has a high cultural value. Already have commercial value. The most important thing is to give an economic impact to the industry and the public, “Mulyadi said.
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Sam Poo Kong Generql Manager, Anandita Rinaldie said, the Cheng Ho Festival was a celebration as a form of appreciation for Admiral Cheng Ho who gave meaning to the importance of national unity.
The Acculturation of Javanese and Chinese culture left by Admiral Cheng Ho gave birth to a unifying cultural tradition.
“The festival is part of Sam Poo Kong’s 613th Anniversary which this year coincides with Indonesia’s Independence Anniversary,” he said.
Although it is held every year, the festival will be more interesting and majestic than the previous year. Because, this year the Cheng Ho Festival is supported by the Ministry of Tourism, and international level.
“The hope is to bring the city of Semarang to the international arena. Besides ritual prayers, there will also be cultural performances, procession, social services, and various competitions with a total prize of millions of rupiah, “he explained.
Information related to activities can be obtained through Instagram Sam Poo Kong @wisata. sampookong or through Hastag #ChengHo Festival.
The head of the Central Java Provincial Youth, Sports and Tourism Tourism Marketing Division, Alamsyah said that the Cheng Ho festival is one of Central Java’s flagship tourism events and has been designated by Kemenpar (Ministry of Tourism) as 100 Wonderful Events. The provincial government through Central Java Disporapar (Youth and Sports Tourism Department) appreciates and fully supports the events that grow and develop from the culture of the community.
“Togetherness in diversity in the Cheng Ho Festival is an extraordinary attraction for visitors, both domestic and foreign,” said Alamsyah.
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