Publication Type

Magazine Article

Version

Postprint

Publication Date

1-2009

Abstract

Imlek is a time for colourful parades featuring dances of the lion and other puppets, and performances of Chinese folk rituals on the streets and in Chinese temples. Imlek is also celebrated at Sunday mass in a Catholic church with performances of Chinese songs and dances. The church is decorated in lucky colour red from its carpet to its candles, including the priests’ robes. Decorations and ornaments in the lucky colour red, representing Chineseness, together with Chinese cultural performances like the dragon and lion dances have become products of mass consumption in post-Suharto Indonesia. Major shopping malls decorate their interior with red lanterns and gigantic angpao, the red envelopes used for gifts of money. TV shows adopt Imlek themes, ranging from game shows where audiences dress in traditional Chinese costumes to talk shows featuring Chinese feng shui and fortune telling.

Keywords

Indonesia, Chinese religious festival, ethnic groups, Chinese New Year, festivals

Discipline

Asian Studies | Race and Ethnicity

Research Areas

Humanities

Publication

Inside Indonesia

Volume

95

ISSN

0814-1185

Publisher

Indonesian Resources and Information Program

Copyright Owner and License

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Creative Commons License

Creative Commons Attribution-Noncommercial-No Derivative Works 4.0 License
This work is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-Noncommercial-No Derivative Works 4.0 License.

Additional URL

http://www.insideindonesia.org/feature-editions/the-politics-of-imlek

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