Have heard about Royal Guard Changing Ceremony? If it is a yes, then most people would say about the procession at Buckingham Palace. However, instead of talking about the ceremony at Buckingham Palace, we are going to take a peak on similar tradition held by one palace in Yogyakarta which is owned by the royal family of Yogyakarta Kingdom. Taking place at Puro Pakualaman Palace, the ceremony is held every Sabtu Kliwon (Javanese calendar) or in short, once every 35 days. As a clue, the latest ceremony was held on Saturday, March 16, 2019. Thus, you just have to count it down until the next 35 days and you would easily found another Sabtu Kliwon.

In this procession, there would be two troops of royal army involved. They are called as Prajurit Bregada Lombok Abang and Prajurit Bregada Plangkir. It is quite easy to distinguish those two troops. Prajurit Bregada Lombok Abang have red-colored insignia, while Prajurit Bregada Plangkir stood up with black-based insignia.

The highlight of this ceremony is the exchanging process of the troop ensigns. The two troops would bringing along their Dwaja (troop ensign) and get ready in front of the palace gate. A representative from the troop that have done their duty would take the Dwaja of the off-duty troop back to the cordon, while another army from the new troop would put the new Dwaja at the pole where the previous Dwaja was placed. The ceremony ends when the whole cordon of the previous troop leave the location for their base.The procession of Guard Changing at Pakualaman Palace used to be held in private. However, as the palace is opened every day for tourists to visit, public are now given a chance to witness the rare occasion. To add the merriment of the event, usually there would be a traditional performances festival.

Location : Puro Pakualaman Palace Jl. Masjid No.46, Gunungketur, Pakualaman, Kota Yogyakarta, Daerah Istimewa Yogyakarta 55166

Time: Every Sabtu Kliwon / Saturday Kliwon (Javanese day). (san/asw)


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