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Yogyakarta Celebrates its 260th Anniversary

Yogyakarta or Jogja as its often called,is the city of the Yogyakarta Special Region of Indonesia located on the island of Java. This region is known for its traditional arts and cultural heritage. Historically the region was the Mataram Kingdom between the 8th to 10th centuries and after a series of civil war, became the Yogyakarta Sultanate in 1756.

On October 7 this year, marked the 260th year of the formation of the city. People of Yogyakarta of all walks of life, gathered at Golong Gilig Monument or Tugu Yogyakarta to celebrate the momentous occasion of the city's anniversary on that day.

During the celebration, the streets along Jogja from the popular Malioboro was turned into a carnival area with musical performance, wayang or shadow puppet, classical Javanese dance shows, gamelan music together with decorative and artistic processions. Thousands of people throng to the streets to watch participants from 14 districts of the Yogyakarta Special Region showcased their creativity in promoting the arts, culture and tradition of their districts.

To officially launch the celebration was the Mayor of Jogja, Bapak Haryadi Suyuti and the Governor of the Yogyakarta Special Region, His Majesty Sri Sultan Hamengkubuwono X.

The editorial board of MICE in Asia would like to thank the Tourism and Culture Office of Yogyakarta City for inviting our media representatives to attend the celebration of 260th anniversary of Yogyakarta City on October 7, 2016.