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.

Miss Solo 2018 Laurensia Swandito greets residents during the Asian Para Games lantern parade in Solo, Central Java, on Wednesday. (JG Photo/Yudha Baskoro)

Athlete Nanda Mei Solikhah, center, carries the lantern, accompanied by Indonesia Asian Para Games Organizing Committee (Inapgoc) chairman Raja Sapto Oktohari, right, during the parade in Solo. (JG Photo/Yudha Baskoro)

Students cheer as the lantern passes them during the parade. (JG Photo/Yudha Baskoro)

Athlete Jaenal Aripin, center, carries the lantern, accompanied by Inapgoc chairman Raja Sapto Oktohari, right. (JG Photo/Yudha Baskoro)

The national flags of the 42 countries set to participate in the 2018 Asian Para Games are carried through the streets of Solo. (JG Photo/Yudha Baskoro)

School students attend the ceremony at the Solo City Hall on Wednesday. (JG Photo/Yudha Baskoro)

Solo residents attending the ceremony at Solo City Hall. (JG Photo/Yudha Baskoro)

Female police officers give the thumbs up during the ceremony. (JG Photo/Yudha Baskoro)

Students pose for a photo with Momo, the 2018 Asian Para Games mascot. Momo represents a bald eagle and the name is derived from the words 'motivation' and 'mobility.' (JG Photo/Yudha Baskoro)