Thejakartatimes – Of course most people of Yogyakarta have Familiar with traditional ceremony of Grebeg which usually held a year until 3 times. Grebeg ceremony that was first introduced by Sri Sultan Hamengkubuwono I is a ceremony that was formerly held aims to always spread and protect the religion of Islam. The term Grebeg is known by its history originated from the Sultan’s exit from the Palace or often referred to by Miyos to provide mountains to his people. Events of the Sultan’s exit is likened to the sound of a loud wind blowing, causing the sound of grebeg.
In a year there are 3 times grebeg namely Grbeg Shawwal, Grebeg Maulud, and Grebeg Besar. The three Grebegs are held on the dates related to the religious holidays of Islam. Grebeg Syawal is performed as a form of thanksgiving from the palace after going beyond the month of fasting, and also to welcome the coming of Shawwal. Grebeg Maulud was held to celebrate and commemorate the birthday of Prophet Muhammad SAW. While the Great Grebeg, held to celebrate Eid al-Adha that occurred in Zulhijah month, which in the Javanese calendar is often referred to as the big moon.
Grebeg ceremony begins with a parade of Keraton soldiers who came out complete with special weapons, banners and musical instruments. At the end of the Gunungan parade which is a pile of food that resembles a mountain that has always been a hallmark in the ceremony Grebeg brought out. Gubnungan usually in the form of various crops is a symbol of prosperity of Yogyakarta Palace which will be distributed to the people. The gunungan will be brought to the North Square of the fund will be prayed in the mosque of Gedhe Kauman. Once in prayer, the Gunungan can be contested by the people who watch the event Grebeg.
To watch and join the Gunungan fight, the community is free of charge. But to get to the location of the community must walk so that parking vehicles should be placed on the location that has been provided. Grebeg event is usually always crowded by visitors from Yogyakarta and outside the city to expect blessing or just enjoy the cultural atmosphere that is always always on guard in Yogyakarta.