Jakarta ● Thu, June 23, 2022
More than a thousand people flocked to Jakarta's iconic National Monument (Monas) at 7 a.m. on Wednesday, all dressed their best, to celebrate the 495 th anniversary of the city's founding.
Women were wearing kebaya encim (traditional blouses with Betawi motifs) and men appeared dapper in sadariah ( loose-sleeved shirts with sarong scarves).
The monument where they gathered was festooned with kembang kelapa (colorful paper ornaments shaped as coconut trees) and surrounded by ondel-ondel (giant Betawi puppets), as a parade of city administrators, public employees, security forces and Indonesian Military (TNI) personnel proceeded through the park.
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