|Traditional Javanese mask|
When our host mom told us that we should quickly have a look outside because something would be going on, we had no clue what we would get into. So we just stepped outside, in our pajamas and fully unprepared for the huge spectacle.
|Fresh vegetables from the neighborhood|
While we walked along our street, more and more people gathered in the hot afternoon sun. They all looked at us as curiously as we looked at them, and we smiled at each other. As we were the only foreigners living in the area, everyone seemed to know us. And we discovered familiar faces too: neighbors, the lady who always sold us our favorite cigarettes, the one who makes delicious fruit shakes, my hairdresser... It felt somehow as if we lived there for a long time already, but we still discovered a lot of new things and met new people.
|Every girl wants to be a princess, no?|
On one hand, I had to smile because that was definitely not what we expected when we wanted to have a quick look out the door. On the other hand, that was not the first time something like this happened, and we really enjoyed the whole ceremony. It was an honor for us to be there actually. Plenty of pictures can give you an idea what we saw from our first row seats.
|Huge and colorful birds|
|We don't really know what they represent,|
but their costumes look pretty