The history of Cap Go Meh celebration in Bogor can be traced back to start of the 16th century, when the Buitenzorg Chinese community acquired the Hok Tek Bio shrine. In the beginning of the 20th century, the Tapekong and Ceng Ge parade were asked to include the Dutch-Colonial’s General Governor’s palace in it’s track.
In 1954, the first President of the Republic of Indonesia, Ir. Soekarno, invited the parade inside the same Palace, which is now converted as the President’s place of resident, to entertained the nation’s guests. In this era, the Cap Go Meh celebration reached it’s golden moment.
2008 is a historical year for the Cap Go Meh parade in Bogor, because this is the first time the parade got leveled-up to become a street festival and officiated as the city’s festival. The cultural celebration started it’s parade from Bogor’s City Hall.
Along the years, the Cap Go Meh celebration keep evolving. The show’s performers multiplies and the people who come to watch the parade also increases. The parade also broke some records, like in 2007 where it was awarded as a parade with the most liong and barong. In 2010, Bogor’s parade also broke another MURI’s record as an event with the longest liong: 50-meters long, which was operated by 15 people.
Cap Go Meh celebration also succeeded in gaining the Provincial and Country-Level government. In 2012, when for the first time the celebration is opened by the Governor of West Java. Another pleasant surprise happened in 2015 when the President of the Republic of Indonesia, Joko Widodo, attended the parade.
The theme of the show also evolves along the further acculturation of Bogor’s residents. At first, the parade only show Indonesian-Chinese culture. Then, Sundanese culture started to give more color to the parade. In 2014, cultures from across Indonesia can be seen parading Suryakancana Street, where the event took place.
The success of the 2014’s parade made the event to be elevated into a national agenda.
The 2016’s event, which will be held on February 22nd, 2016, will see a new concept for the Cap Go Meh parade. The event, which will be started at 2 pm, will be opened by marching band. Then, the Bogor + Sahabat (Bobats) community will held a fashion festival.
Then, the more traditional parade from local cultural communities, reog, ogoh-ogoh, decorated cars, barongsai and liong took the street. Along Suryakancana Street, performance stages will be filled by communities developed by the Departement of Tourism. The main stages can be found in Lawang Suryakancana, in front of THE 1O1 Bogor Suryakancana, and in front of Batu Tulis’ t-junction.
The 2016’s parade will be started from Dhanagun Temple, Suryakancana Street and until Siliwangi Street. The parade is scheduled to finish at night.
Besides the planned 100.000 attendees, the parade is planned to be attended by Ambassadors of Indonesia’s neighbouring countries. So, are you ready for one of the biggest Cap Go Meh’s celebration in Indonesia that will be livened up by 10.000 performers? We’ll see you at Bogor, then.