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The island nation of Indonesia blends South East Asia and Polynesia together. It boasts a whopping 14,000 islands that accumulate to over 735,000 square miles. Though immense and separated by the sea, Indonesians have an affection of modern festivals while still celebrating their heritage. Java and jazz pair well for one of the coffee capitals on the world–see the Java Jazz festival. Bright and brilliant costumes parade down streets during Solo Batik. Thousands of kites float in the sky during the Bali Kite Festival. Erau, a word descended from the ancient Kutai word “eroh”, literally means crowded, noisy or joyful. Indonesian festivals to this day still embody the word’s meaning.