Singkawang breaks MURI record for CNY, Cap Go Meh celebrations

Singkawang breaks MURI record for CNY, Cap Go Meh celebrations

A family is posing for pictures in front of the Rabbit replica at the Kridasana Stadium in Singkawang, West Kalimantan, Sunday (January 22, 2023), during the Chinese New Year momentum. (ANTARA/Nurul Hayat)

Pontianak, W Kalimantan (ANTARA) - Acting Mayor of Singkawang Sumastro stated that Singkawang broke the record of the Indonesian Museum of Records (MURI) 10 times for its Chinese New Year and Cap Go Meh celebrations.

"The 10 MURI records include the most lanterns and tatungs (parade of persons possessed with spirit or deities), the largest lanterns and kue keranjang (year cake), the replica of the Great Wall of China, the largest Cap Go Meh gate, the longest dragon, and the most dragon making by a group," Sumastro noted here on Tuesday.

The acting mayor stated that the committee had prepared other works for the MURI record achievements again.

On that occasion, he lauded the cultural arts assembly, chairpersons of multiethnic associations, Teratai Art committee, culturalists, and artists of Singkawang City that had synergized for the art performance stage at the Kridasana Stadium.

Sumastro also stated that the COVID-19 pandemic in Singkawang City was slowing down. In fact, in recent weeks, no Singkawang residents have been infected with the virus.

In addition, the president has revoked the public activities restrictions (PPKM), thereby raising hopes for the city's economic activities in Singkawang to improve with each passing day.

"However, I constantly remind visitors, micro, small and medium enterprises (MSMEs), and parties involved in this big event to always implement health protocol, so that we can all avoid COVID-19," he emphasized.

Earlier, Head of the West Kalimantan Youth, Sports, and Tourism Office, Windy Prihastari, stated that the Chinese New Year and Cap Go Meh celebration is a major activity that is not only at the regional scale but is already national and even international in level.

"We have coordinated with the Singkawang Tourism Office to prepare everything related to this agenda. There is even a proposal to be listed in the Kharisma Event Nusantara that will be announced by Tourism and Creative Economy Minister Sandiaga Uno on January 28," Prihastari stated. 

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