Semarang is a city on the north coast of the island of Java, Indonesia. It is the capital of the province of Central Java. It has an area of 373.67 km˛ and a population of approximately 1.5 million people, making it the Indonesia's fifth largest city. Semarang is located at [show location on an interactive map] 6°58′S, 110°25′E. A major port during the Dutch colonial era, and still an important port today, the city is known in Indonesia for its large ethnically Chinese population. The name of the city, Semarang, may have originated from the concatenation of the words "asem" (tamarind) and "arang" (rare). Another version is that Semarang is originated from Chinese word Sam Po Lang (San Bao Loong), meaning "the city of Sam Po" (Admiral Zheng He).
Gereja Blenduk, The Blenduk Church built in 1750 and renovated in 1894. This church is a left over from the Dutch during its annexation here. Its called Blenduk because the shape of its dome looks like a ball thats being sliced in half, that why a local people call it "mblenduk". with 400 acres wide, this building is a hexagonal with quadrangular rooms and there is a Greece crucifix hang on the side of the room.
The Dugderan Festival is unique to Semarang. It is held during the week before the beginning of Ramadan, the month during which Muslims fast from sunrise to sunset. At the beginning of Ramadan, Muslims would sound the big drum and have a fireworks display. This announced the official beginning of the fasting month. The drum sounded like ‘dug-dug-dug’ and this combined with the sound of cracking fireworks, ‘der-der-der’, gave dugder which finally became Dugderan. These days the fireworks display is no longer allowed. Everybody gathered in front of the great mosque, and waited for the official beginning of Ramadan. Some other people made use of this opportunity to sell their merchandise.
Ruwatan Traditional Ceremony May Held in Semarang, Central Java, Ruwatan is a sacrifical ceremony of Javanese tradition to avoid disasters which are symbolized by Sang Batharakala (Bas Dewa) which takes revenge against unlucky children such as: one son or one daughter only in a couple, two daughters, two sons, etc. The Ruwatan traditional ceremony which is organized by "Permadani" (stands for : the fraternity of Indonesia's National Culture Community) is presented in a long series of ceremonies and the performance of wayang kulit (the leather puppet show) with the story of Murwokolo. Processions of various kinds from unique offerings to sacrifice, a ceremony showing respect and honour by kissing of the hands and knees, of their own parents to purify is then completed by cutting hair and clothing then washing away the offering and sacrifice to the sea. This is done by Sang Juru Ruwat or Dhalang, the man who performed the leather puppet show in this event. The unlucky children now with full and deepest devotion and sincerity are ready to clean and purity their body and soul for being close to God, fellow man, nature and all creatures.
Mall Ciputra Semarang