The cultural festival is one of the efforts for culture preservation and to make the younger generation aware of the existence of culture in social life. So the main purpose of organizing the event is for cultural preservation by revitalizing culture. Cultural festivals have a variety of colors and dramatic intensity from various dynamic aspects. In simple terms, a cultural festival is a celebration of the traditions of a particular person or place.
Indonesia is a country with rich cultural values, so it is not surprising that it has many traditional processions and celebrations of different cultures spread from Sabang to Merauke. This cultural wealth, apart from being a state asset, is also an attraction for both domestic and foreign tourists. With the existence of a cultural festival, it can be an appropriate learning medium to find out the richness of Indonesian traditions. There are many cultural festivals in Indonesia which are often held annually.
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Before the day of silence or Nyepi, Hindu communities in Indonesia, especially in Bali, undergo a number of special rituals which are essentially an effort to purify themselves and the surrounding environment. One of them is the Buta Yadnya ritual which aims to keep all negative elements away and not interfere with human life. In the Buta Yadnya ritual, there is a tradition of the ogoh-ogoh parade which makes it an annual festival and becomes a tourist attraction.
Ogoh-ogoh are dolls or statues of various kinds that symbolize negative elements, bad characters, and evil that surround human life. The making of ogoh-ogoh can take place a few weeks before Nyepi. The time for making an ogoh-ogoh can vary depending on the size, type of material, the number of people working on it, and the complexity of the design of the ogoh-ogoh. Generally, every level of society from various regions in Bali will make ogoh-ogoh that belong to their territory. Apart from being part of traditional rituals, the process of making ogoh-ogoh is also a place for the creativity of local youth.
The making of the ogoh-ogoh and the technical implementation of the parade are usually managed by committees formed by youth groups in each region. Preparations for the parade usually start in the afternoon and the parade will last until close to midnight. The Balinese government supports the continuity of this ogoh ogoh parade by issuing a number of policies that make this annual event to be an interesting spectacle for the Balinese themselves, as well as tourists. The implementation of the ogoh-ogoh parade takes place simultaneously the day before Nyepi Day which can be witnessed free of charge and spread in every area throughout the province of Bali.
With its attractions, Ogoh Ogoh Festival can be a tourist destination for visitors who are exploring the archipelago of Indonesia, especially in the Bali Province. Let's plan your trip to Ogoh Ogoh Festival with Nusantoura Travel and explore the archipelago of Indonesia. Click the button below to contact us.
Dieng Culture Festival is a cultural festival that has been annually held since 2009. Dieng Culture Festival is located in Central Java province, and the location of the event is in the west side of Dieng Tourism Village. Dieng Culture Festival is organized by a community-based Dieng Plateau community called Dieng Pandawa, a Tourism Awareness Group in the Dieng Tourism Village.
Dieng Culture Festival offers performances that combine the beauty of nature with the unique culture and traditions of the Dieng Plateau. This festival also features jazz music concerts in the cold weather, traditional puppet / wayang shows, local culture performances , and also a haircut ritual of Dieng children who have the characteristic of dreadlock hairs. The series of Dieng Culture Festival are held harmoniously at an altitude of 2,158 meters above sea level, making every visitor dissolve in the beautiful and solemn chanting of classical music while feeling the cold sensation of temperatures below ten to a dozen degrees Celsius.
Dieng Culture Festival also provides a space for visitors who want to camp while enjoying the series of events that are presented. Visitors must prepare equipment such as jackets or blankets to warm the body because the Dieng plateau has very cold weather and air. The scenery around this camping area is also very beautiful with its nature. There is also a food bazaar and typical Dieng souvenirs, so visitors can enjoy the event while enjoying the snacks sold around this place. The food offered ranges from regional specialties to contemporary snacks, so that visitors can have various choices in the culinary field and merchandise that they want to take home.
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Lake Toba Festival is an annual cultural festival that has been held since the 1970s. This festival aims to show and preserve the cultural diversity of the Batak Tribe, especially inhabiting the Lake Toba area. The location of the implementation is carried out alternately in seven districts that inhabit the Lake Toba area, namely Simalungun Regency, Toba Samosir Regency, North Tapanuli Regency, Humbang Hasundutan Regency, Dairi Regency, Karo Regency, and Samosir Regency.
The Lake Toba Festival presents a series of Batak cultural events that can be enjoyed by all visitors. As an opening event, it is usually served with the Tor Tor Sipitu Sawan dance by hundreds of young women wearing traditional Batak woven clothing, then begins with a dance while guarding seven small white bowls / sawan that are placed on the hands, shoulders and head. Moving to Samosir Island, which is located in the middle of Lake Toba, there is also a Sigale-gale parade, visitors will see a parade of puppet / human statue typical of the Batak Tribe carried around the village by several men. There are also performances of other typical Batak arts such as Gorga carving, Gondang music art, Batak masks, Batak Literature games, Tandok crafting art and Ulos cloth woven art.
The Lake Toba Festival is also enlivened by various sporting events, one of the famous sporting events at this festival and also wrapped with a strong cultural element is Mengebang Solu Bolon. A tradition of rowing competitions around Lake Toba using a solu bolon or large boat with typical ornaments and motifs of the Batak tribe. The event begins with a ceremony and ritual by the leaders of Batak tribe, then the solu bolon is released for the first time into the Toba Lake after it has been made by the owner. Lake Toba was enlivened by dozens of solu bolons that accommodated about 20 people who were ready to compete.
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