Putri Solo (Princess of Solo) Laurensia Swandito greet Solo’s residents during 2018 Asian Para Games lantern Parade in Solo, Central Java on Wednesday (05/09) he eternal fire was taken from Mrapen, the same as the 18th Asian Games.' fire. The fire was placed inside the lantern not in the torch yet. (JG Photo/Yudha Baskoro)
2018 Asian Para Games Lantern Parade
SEPTEMBER 10, 2018
A lantern parade for the upcoming 2018 Asian Para Games was held in Solo, Central Java, on Wednesday (05/09).
Similar to this year's Asian Games, the fire for the torch relay was taken from the Mrapen eternal flame in Manggarmas village in Godong district and placed inside a lantern, or tinderbox.
The Mrapen eternal flame, which has been burning constantly since at least the 15th century, is fed by natural gas leaking from the ground.
The lantern was taken to the offices of the National Paralympic Committee in Solo, where it was handed over to committee chairman Senny Marbun before being paraded through the city.
Athletes Nanda Mei Solikhah, Jaenal Aripin and Rizal Bagus carried the lantern to the Solo City Hall where Coordinating Human Development and Cultural Affairs Minister Puan Maharani received it in a special ceremony.
The ceremony marked the start of a series of torch relays from various cities in the country that will convene in Jakarta.
The Indonesian capital is the third city to host the event after Guangzhou in 2010 and Incheon in 2014.
Disabled athletes from 42 countries will compete in 18 sports during this year's event, scheduled for Oct. 6-13.