Indonesian in Indonesia


Two puppets

Entertainment options include movies, clubs, live music, karaoke, and cafés. The most popular traditional form of entertainment in Java is wayang puppet theater. Families celebrate special occasions such as a wedding or circumcision by sponsoring a puppet show, which might start at around 9:00 p.m. and run until as late as 4:00 a.m. A special stage is attached to the sponsor's house and people sit outside on the ground to watch the performance. Everyone in town is invited, and food vendors set up nearby. Eating and drinking goes on all night, and some even take naps as the performance moves into early morning. In east Java there are performances given by ludruks, groups of comedians who wear traditional costumes and painted masks. The show is performed in the regional language, not Indonesian. Other regions of Indonesia have their own types of traditional theater and performances.