Batik Day, also known as “Hari Batik Nasional” in Indonesia, is celebrated on October 2nd each year. This day is dedicated to promoting and preserving Indonesia’s traditional art of batik, which is a method of decorating cloth using wax and dye. Batik is an integral part of Indonesian culture and is recognized as a UNESCO Intangible Cultural Heritage.
Often referred to as the “City of Batik”, the city of Pekalongan regularly celebrates Batik Day every year. Recovered from COVID-19, Batik Day 2022 was full of festivity and celebration for the whole of October month. The series of events started with the Ceremony and Batik Exhibition opened by Ganjar Pranowo, the Governor of Central Java.
The celebration then continued throughout the month with several events from the government and the Batik Village communities. From batik motif drawing competitions for children, saroeng soccer, fashion shows and batik parade. These celebrations definitely showcase the pride and love of the locals for their batik.
Batik Day in Pekalongan is a vibrant and culturally enriching celebration that highlights the city’s deep connection to the art of batik. It provides an opportunity for both locals and visitors to appreciate and engage with this important aspect of Indonesian culture.