Chinese community in Bogor Indonesia held an annual event in the series of Cap Go Meh celebration of Lunar New Year 2563 in 2012. The event was intended to establish a relationship between indigenous and Chinese communities.
Cap Go Meh feast or Xiaojie Yuan in Chinese that falls on the 15th lunar month of the first year is one of China's traditional festivals. According to Chinese folk traditions, after Cap Go Meh, it ended around the Lunar New Year celebration.
Cap Go Meh feast is also called Yuanxi, Yuanye or Yuanjie Shang in the Chinese language. Night Cap Go Meh is the first full moon night of each new year. At night, the Chinese people have a habit of installing colorful lanterns, the festival is also referred to as the "feast of lanterns".
Watching the lanterns and eat dumplings are two important parts of the feast of the Cap Go Meh. And of which the origin of the tradition of mounting lanterns on Cap Go Meh Festival? It is said that in the year 180 BC, Emperor Hanwudi in power during the Western Han Dynasty ascended the throne on the 15th of the first lunar month. To celebrate his coronation, the Emperor Han Wudi took the decision to make the first 15 months of the date of the feast of lanterns. On the night of the first 15 months of each year, he berkebiasaan excursion outside the palace and celebrate the festival with the people. In the year 104 BC, Cap Go Meh Festival is officially listed as a national holiday. Thanks to that decision, the scale of Cap Go Meh Festival to increase further. By statute, any public place, and each family is required to put up colorful lanterns, especially on the main road and the cultural center will be held large-scale lantern exhibition is lively. People, both the old and the young old, men and women will flock to it all week to watch the lanterns lanterns and dragon lantern dance, in addition to guess the puzzle.
Colored lanterns mounted on the Festival Cap Go Meh mostly made of light colored paper. Lanterns called "zoumadeng" or lanterns galloping horse is one of the most interesting kinds of lanterns yan. It is said that it was historic lanterns thousand years.