Famous for colourful bull races, a drink that is said to put fire in men’s belly’s and a distinctive traditional culture, the island of Madura off the coast of East Java is a fascinating place to visit. It is believed that the name of the island comes from madu (honey) and dara (girl).
Located just across Surabaya , Madura is accessible by the new Suramadu bridge, or is half an hour&rs
In Bali, the royal courts of Ubud and Peliatan, located near Ubud, are known for their elaborate and most impressive cremation ceremonies. One of the most impressive was the 1992 cremation of the wife, the mother and stepmothers of Anak Agung Gede Agung, an Indonesian diplomat and of the royal house of Gianyar.
On 2 November 2010, a Royal Cremation Ceremony for the IXth Raja of Peliat
Each year, the week before Easter Sunday, the town of Larantuka, East Flores, solemnly celebrates the Holy Week, popularly known here as “Semana Santa”. The pinnacle of these celebrations is the commemoration of Christ’s suffering on Good Friday by following the stations of the Cross, known here as the “Sesta Vera”. In Larantuka, prayers center
Located about 2,000 meters (6,500 ft) above sea level, the Dieng Plateau in Central Java is not only blessed with breathtaking natural scenery and fascinating historical remains but it is also a land shrouded by myths and age old unique cultural traditions. While the enchanting temple complex is already an amazing legacy of the golden past, one of Dieng’s most exceptional cultural features c
The history and development of the city of Jakarta is connected in many ways to the traditional culture of Pencak Silat Betawi, the Indonesian martial art that has for many centuries influenced and enhanced the lives of the indigenous Betawi. Amongst hundreds of martial arts in Indonesia covered under the name “Pencak Silat”, Silat Betawi is one of the oldest forms, and Betawi (Jakarta
The stones stand roughly 2 meters high and 60 – 90 centimeters wide. With a running start from not too far back, a young Nias man sprints across the short distance and leaps effortlessly through the air. The towering, castle-like boulder is not even grazed as the young man lands gracefully on the other side.
From the age of 7, the boys on the island of Nias practice the an
Pekande-Kandea is a traditional event organized by the various communities in the Southeast Sulawesi province, in particular on the island of Buton, north of the Wakatobi island chain. The event is held as an opportunity for the young, single people of the villages to meet, socialize freely with each other, and perhaps even find a suitable spouse.
Pekandake-Kandea means meal in the local dialect,
Though the people of Indonesia have for centuries been converted to Islam, Hinduism, Buddhism, Christianity or Catholicism, which are the main religions in the country, the majority of the population still believes in and uphold some form of ancient traditions once practiced by their ancestors. These traditions are based on the belief in supernatural powers, mythology and myth, and are centered ar
There are many ways to express gratitude, one of which being through a series of rituals. Gawai Dayak is an example of this. This routine ritual is from the Dayak tribe around Pontianak, West Kalimantan and has been part of their tradition for many decades now. The essence of this ceremony is as an expression of gratitude to Jubata (God) for the abundant harvest, and also petitioning that the next
Sea offering ceremonies are not something uncommon to many of Indonesian societies who inhabit the coastal areas of the many islands. Along Central Java’s northern coast, the sea offering traditions is celebrated 7 days after the Islamic religious festivities of Eid Al Fitri and is known as Lomban. Although it is celebrated in many towns along Central Java’s northern coastal citi