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Selikuran Night tradition

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Recently the Kasunanan Surakarta Hadiningrat Palace or Solo Palace held the Hajad Dalem Malam Selikuran parade. In the parade, abdi dalem or the palace servants distributed 1,000 packs of food.  The parade participants departed at around 8pm from Siti Hinggil, Solo Palace to Sriwedari Park. King of the Solo Palace, Pakubuwana XIII, along with the Empress, Gusti Kanjeng Ratu Pakubuwana and the Crown Prince, Kanjeng Gusti Pangeran Harya Purbaya led the Selikuran Night Parade.//


The parade participants walked along Jalan Slamet Riyadi Street. They carried lanterns, lamps and jodang or long wooden boxes filled with food. Right at 9.30 pm the parade participants arrived at Sriwedari Park. Then it continued with a handover procession by Pangageng Parentah of Solo Palace, KGPH Adipati Dipokusumo to the Nahdlatul Ulama Branch Manager in Solo, Mashuri.// After that, the jodang was placed in front of the stage to be prayed for. After that, the palace servants distributed the jodang to the residents.


The Surakarta Hadiningrat Palace in Solo city, Central Java held Malam Selikuran or Twenty-first Night, to welcome the 21st night of Ramdhan or the last 10 days of the month of Ramadhan.// The last ten days of the month of Ramadan are the most important time for Muslims. Among the odd nights in the last 10 days of Ramadan, there is the night of Lailatul Qadar or the night of a thousand months.// On that night, the reward for performing worship is the same as performing worship for a thousand months.//

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