Monday, March 18, 2013

Manado Trip 2013 - Day One

Last month, me and my family went to Manado again to celebrate Cap Go Meh. It's always fun to celebrate Cap Go Meh in Manado, since the town celebrated it with a huge parade. And it's always fun to catch up with some relatives :)

Anyway, here's the highlight of my 2013's Manado trip.

People said that you know you're in Manado when you see coconut trees all around you. They're just everywhere!

What greets us as soon as we landed: Nasi Kuning Kampung Kodo (Manado style turmeric rice served with beef, cakalang fish, potatoes, and boiled egg)

After lunch, we immediately went to my relative's house to help the parade preparation. Spotted this cute girl just got her hair done and playing cheerfully with her new long braids.

The Cap Go Meh Parade started at 3 PM until the evening. All people from Manado and the town nearby gathered near the Ban Hin Kiong Temple, the main temple in Manado. The parade participants are mostly children under 12 years old, dressed as the Chinese historical character.

Opening the parade at the very front row is the king. Isn't he a little too cute to be a king? 

Right behind the king are his warriors. Now this is fierce.

And followed by the carnaval cars called "pikulan" The car is decorated beautifully to support the chinese dressed kids on it.

The cutie before has became a beautiful chinese warrior

At night, the pikulan is equipped with festive lights

Tan Chi is another interesting thing to watch. It is said that Tan Chi's body is possessed by the God's spirit. He's hurting the body by slicing his back with sword and stabbing his cheek with the wire to redeem the sins of mankind. But amazingly, the body is not bleeding at all.

The super crowded spectactors

Me taking picture with one of the crew

*Nasi Kuning Kampung Kodo
Rumah Makan Selamat Pagi
Jl. Sudirman
Manado, Sulawesi Utara

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