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Grebeg Kraton Yogyakarta

Grebeg Kraton Yogyakarta

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Grebeg Kraton Yogyakarta

Gerebeg or gerbeg has meaning "wind of sound" Garebeg is one of traditions of Kraton Ngayogyakarta Hadiningrat which is for the first time celebrated by Sultan Hamengku Buwana I. The royal ceremony involves all people in Kraton, all royal officials and stratums of society. Formally, garebeg is a religious ceremony which is associated with the birthday of Nabi Muhammad SAW and two feast days of Islam (Idul Fitri and Idhul Adha). Politically, Garebeg also describes the title of Sultan that is kemuslimatan (Ngabdurrahman Sayidin Panotogomo Kalifatullah). In one year, there are three times of garebeg ceremony they are, Garebeg Mulud, Garebeg Besar, and Garebeg Sawal which are held in the complex of Kraton and surronding environment, such as in North Alun-alun. Garebeg Besar is held in Kraton Ngayogyakarta Hadiningrat to celebrate Idhul Adha, the second Islamic feast in Zulhijjah month. On Javanese calendar, zulhijjah month is called Big Month so Garebeg which is held to celebrate Idhul Adha is called Garebeg Besar. Besides, the celebration of Garebeg Besar is also meant to celebrate the Moslems who have just done hajj in the Holly Land. Therefore, in the society, Garebeg Besar is also understood as lebaran kaji (hajj).

Previously, Garebeg Besar is also followed by pasowanan garebeg in Sitihinggil by celebrating the country's feast in the Big Mosque in the form of gunungan and others. In accordance with the applicable procedure, in Garebeg Besar, Sultan doesn't visit the Big Mosque, but giving a number of sacrificial animals like what have been done by the Moslems who are capable of doing that.