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Singkawang preparing to Chinese New Year and Cap Go Meh carnival

Singkawang City in West Kalimantan is preparing to Chinese New Year and Cap Go Meh celebrations which will take place this year on February 16, 2018 for Imlek and March 1 for Cap Go Meh. Celebrations have been held for a long time as a city tradition and have grown in popularity since 2009.

Officials of Singkawang City, Suryanto, said the celebration this year has been prepared and will be better than the previous years. The public has prepared a variety of lanterns and nine great dragons to be paraded by hundreds of people in a carnival.

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Singkawan has 246 thousand poplations where the majority are ethnic Chinese, Dayak and Malays who are Buddhist, Confucian, Catholic, Christian, Taoist and Hindu. The beautiful city has many monasteries and various annual traditions including Lunar New Year, Cap Go Meh and Ceng Beng.

Currently thousands of lanterns have adorned the Singkawang City. Chairman of the Chinese Lunar and Cap Go Meh Singkawang committee, Tjhai Leonardi, said the committee installed 10,000 lanterns throughout the city. A large gate has a distinctive dragon ornament installed in the center of the city.

"There are also decorations 12 lanterns the size of 3 meters and nine dragon liong," said Leonardi.

A carnival presents Tatung as a fusion of Chinese and Dayak cultures in Borneo. Chairman of the committee Dragon, Bong Sin Fo, said for 2018 will be enlivened by 9 dragons on the night lantern parade on February 28, funded by Santo Yosep Singkawang group.

More information on the Singkawang Festival visit this page, informations about other festivals visit this page that has a complete schedule for 2018.

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