Annually, every 10 Dzulhidjah according to the Islamic Calendar, on the Islamic religious day of Eid Al Adha, the town of Demak in Central Java revives its former glory as an important Cradle in the spread of Islam on Java through the Grebeg Besar festivities
In the Javanese language, Grebeg means to be assembled or gather and Anggrebeg is a term used for a procession of the King and royal family
Among the many tribes of Dayaks in Borneo, those living in the upper reaches of the rivers in the province of Central Kalimantan are the Dayak Ngaju, the Lawangan, the Ma’anyan and the Ot Danum, known as the Barito Dayaks, named after the large Barito river.
Among these, the most dominant are the Ngaju, who inhabit the Kahayan river basin by the present city of Palangkaraya. T
This is a most exciting Jousting Festival where opposing teams run into each other on horseback, saddle-less, throwing blunt spears to each other to unseat or hurt their opponents or horses. Fallen men or horses may not be attacked, but any blood flowing is believed to fertilize the soil and benefit the next harvest.
The Pasola ritual is an ancient war game between two groups of 100 men from the
While the majestic view of the Sianok Gorge in the highlands of Bukittinggi may indulge the sight, and the distinct taste of Padang cuisine certainly defines the taste of the Minangkabau ethnic group , so the harmony of West Sumatra can only be felt through the melodic sounds of the Talempong.
Talempong is a musical instrument consisting of several small kettle gongs that resemble the Javanese Bo
If tattoos and Mandau Blades are symbols of the ethnic Dayak ‘s courage and manhood, the indigenous inhabitants of the island of Borneo, and in particular the Dayak Kenyah in East Kalimantan express their gracefulness through the beautiful art of the Gong Dance.
This special dance is usually performed to welcome guests of honor or to celebrate the birth of a chieftain’s baby.
The scrumptious Padang cuisine may be the most indulging taste served on West Sumatra’s plates, but the most astounding thing the Minangkabau can work on their plates is through the dramatic performance of Tari Piring or the Plate Dance.
Locally known as Tari Piriang (Minangkabau language for Plate), the attractive dance originates from the city of Solok, about 60Km east of Padang,
Music and Dance are an inseparable part of the Minangkabau ethnic culture of West Sumatra. For royal events or grand celebrations there is the dramatic Tari Piring or the Plate Dance; for folk festivities there is the fascinating Dance-Drama of Randai; and to symbolize romance between couples , which is frequently performed during wedding celebrations, there is the unique Tari Payung o
From various captivating traditional dances such as Tari Piring (the plate dance) and Tari Pasambahan to the fascinating art of Randai, the Minangkabau ethnic group of West Sumatra has truly some of the most attractive cultural performances of the country. The Minangkabau also have their own distinct musical melodies that perfectly portray their dynamic daily life: the vibrant ensemble of the Tale
From the enchanting waters overlooking the capital city of Makassar up to the highland of Toraja, South Sulawesi is a land blessed with fascinating splendors. While nature provides the magnificent settings, the indigenous people present an equally fascinating culture. One of the well preserved cultural traditions of South Sulawesi takes shape in the Pakarena Dance.
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Blessed with pristine beaches and stunning natural sceneries, the twin islands of Bangka and Belitung also present some attractive traditions. Located off the eastern coast of Sumatra, strong Malay influences decorate the daily life of the people. In music, they express themselves best through the art of Dambus.
Also known as Gambus in other areas such as in Jakart