The exciting Legu Gam Festival 2014 on Ternate
13 Apr 2014 -
27 Apr 2014
The enchanting island of Ternate
in North Maluku Province
will sparkle with festivities as the Legu Gam Festival
gets underway on 13th to 27th April 2014
Legu Gam is a festival celebrated by the people of Ternate to celebrate the birthday of the Sultan of Ternate. People from all over the island –and beyond- will gather at the Kedaton or the Palace of the Sultan of Ternate and participate in many kinds of traditional art and cultural performances. Literally translated as the people’s fiesta, Legu Gam is a tradition of the people of North Maluku which illustrates the unity between the royal family and the common people. The symbol of the festival is obviously the Legu Dance, a royal dance which is traditionally performed only at official events in the presence of the Sultan.
As in previous years, the festival will present an array of features such as exhibitions, bazaars, cultural and traditional performances, seminars, Legu Gam Diving Expedition, a boat race, and swimming and fishing competitions. This year the festival will be participated by no less than 18 cities that will showcase their tourism and investments opportunities during the festival. The exhibition itself will feature some of the top commodities of the region and is participated by government bodies, the private sector, and small and medium businesses in North Maluku.
If in previous years the festival started in late March or early April, this year Legu Gam Festival will commence on 13th April on the anniversary of the Sultan of Ternate, Mudaffar Sjah. After the opening ceremony, the ritual ceremonies and cultural festivals, as well as the fair and exhibitions will last until 27th April 2014.
One of the highlights of the festival is the Fere Kie ritual which will be conducted on the summit of Mount Gamalama where the royal family prays for protection and salvation for the islands and the country in general. Another fascinating feature of the festival is the Festival Baramasuen 100 Bambu Gila, or the festival of the 100 crazy bamboo dancers. The Bambu Gila or the Crazy Bamboo dance is an art form unique to the Moluccas, where, despite being held by 7 persons, the Bamboo pole moves and dances on its own accord as if by some supernatural power, forcing its bearers to follow its movements. At its culmination, the Bamboo moves wildly and can only be tamed by a shaman, who possesses mystical powers.