Every year, in addition to the birthday celebrations of Prophet Muhammad, who was born according to the Islamic calendar on the 12th of Rabi Al-Awaal month, a Sekaten fair is held in Surakarta (known as Solo) in the center of Java.
The colorful and festive traditional Sekaten fair perpetuates the prophet birthday and attracts mass of thousands visitors.
The fair combines religious indentity with the unique culture and tradition of the island. The visitors can enjoy various kinds of culture and entertainment shows as well as a traditional local market with lot of food and drinks stands.
The fair is opened with a big parade. The Sultan and his family march at the head of the parade up to the great mosque.
The fair that takes place in Kasu Nanan Palace lasts for several days (variable) and ends in a ceremony when the Sultan donates presents to the attendants.