(Reflection in Photograph) : DUGDERAN SEMARANG

ImageDugderan is an annual tradition celebrated by Semarangese, Central Java and the tradition has been existed for more than 150 years. Dugderan derives from two onomatopea ..”dug (doog) means hit things such as beduk (used at mosques) and “der” (bang) from firework. It was held initially for gathering Muslims around Semarang around mosque and the regent would like to announce the commence of Ramazan along with the ulama. Initiated by ‘Dug’ and ended by ‘Der’, so that’s why it’s the origin of DUGDERAN tradition.

One week before Ramazan, there is a special market called DUGDERAN market located around Semarang Grand Mosque (Masjid Agung Semarang). It looks like ordinary bazaar, but some also sell an imaginary creature for kids named ‘Warak Ngendog’. Warak Ngendog has got so many meanings as it is representative of various cultures exist in Semarang. Chinese from its face and color; Arabic from its hair, and Javanese from its body. Combination between goat, dragon and camel as people said. Warak Ngendog has become Semarang’s mascot and it appears everywhere.

DUGDERAN nowadays is still celebrated as tradition before Ramazan and Warak Ngendog dolls are sold out because it only appears once a year.

I have left Semarang and I missed this celebration. I hope next year I can visit Semarang again for celebrating DUGDERAN. Here I’d like to share to you DUGDER dance as representative of Semarangese happines for facing this forthcoming holy month.  (taken at City Hall 2011)

Ramazan Mubarak!







Hopefully you’ll get bless and grace from Allah…


20 Comments Add yours

    1. Thank you…I missed this year’s moment as I moved to Jakarta. I joined with other photographers and they considered me as the same one, though I only got it by small pocket camera. Even I got free access for closer look as I was thought as a journalist. Heeee.

      1. Hanno Phenn says:

        You must be very lucky or just blessed in this moment.These Pictures are really good if I may I would love to work with two or three of them if you allow me again.

      2. It’s okay….you can take it directly from my posting. Or if you want to I’ll send the originals.

      3. Hanno Phenn says:

        It would be nice to have the Original I give you you the numbers from your blog from the Dancers the vertical ones that Is number Two and three If you would be so kind .I would like to create a new Post with these two Pictures and some of the older ones I have done as a Holiday celebration to Indonesia in all of my Blogs because they were very Popular . Of course will I send you copies of my work or you to keep as a thank you present from me.

      4. All right…wait..I’ll send it one or two first.

      5. Hanno Phenn says:

        Great you are a Star.

      6. I’ve already sent two of them..enjoy it.

      7. Hanno Phenn says:

        Just arrived thank you.

      8. You’re welcome 🙂

      9. Hanno Phenn says:

        I have emailed you my Pictures today maybe you just let me now if you like them than I will use them Tomorrow in my blog.

      10. Okay, let me see it.

      11. Hanno Phenn says:

        They are in your Email inbox.Have a Look ?

  1. Chas Spain says:

    Looks wonderful

  2. tinsyam says:

    ada dugderan ga di tangerang?

    1. Gak ada! cuma di Semarang adanya

  3. hae, kamyu yang sekarang sudah di Tangerang, Semarang sepi tanpa dirimuh sekarang, kakak! T_T #deramah

    1. Hahahahaa…lebay ih

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