Indonesia is often referred to as the sleeping giant of Southeast Asia, and the epithet was indeed appropriate. With more than 18 thousand islands, the archipelago has an incredible diversity of what you can see or do while on vacation there.
Modernization brings a wide range of development (some say excessive development) to Jakarta, while the Bali tourism back to life after being destroyed when a bomb blast 2002. There are also mountains such as Borobudur Bromo and the mystical search for various types of attractions, as well as the 6000 inhabited islands.
Not surprisingly, Indonesia offers a wide range of festivals that are very distinctive feature of their culture, reflecting the ethnic diversity and traditions from various parts of the archipelago. You’ll find that diversity in the six festival is unique to Indonesia, ranging from the celebration of art, batik, dance and ceremony. If possible, you can witness one of the festival during his visit to Indonesia!
Krakatau Festival is an annual festival held in Lampung, held to celebrate the volcanic island of the same name, Krakatoa. Mount Krakatoa erupted in 1927, the eruption was then generate new small islands, called Anak Krakatau.
During the festival, visitors can enjoy variety shows like Tuping Carnival (Carnival Mask Lampung), elephant and various dances from Lampund and surrounding towns. End of series of events was a visit to the island’s volcanic, is still active but sleeping soundly. For a while!
Bali Arts Festival
One of the largest annual celebration of art and culture in Indonesia, Bali Arts Festival is always crowded. During the month, various art performances, exhibitions and other cultural activities will take place in Bali, offering dance, music and beauty of their culture.
Celebration of the famous attractions such as traditional dances that have been almost forgotten, the trace of a remote area in Bali, food, crafts, as well as new creations from dance schools in Denpasar and contemporary choreography of national and international artists.
Solo Batik Carnival
Since ancient times, the tradition of batik has always had very strong roots in Solo. Kotadi Central Javanese batik has made it even as an icon and identity, an accurate picture of a city famous for its beauty and subtlety of his kingdom
behavior. Solo Batik Carnival was held to reinforce that tradition, and to promote batik on national and international scale.
This event is a combination of ceremonies, fashion shows and carnivals, all using batik as a theme. There will also be a bazaar that offers a wide range of unique souvenirs and batik Solo.
Solo International Ethnic Music Festival
One of the festival is the latest of Solo Solo International Ethnic Music (Siem) Festival, which focuses on performances and celebration of ethnic music. This event is a unique platform for collaboration between modern and ethnic music, local artists and
The long list of performers including artists Minangkabau, Riau, Yogyakarta, Surabaya, Papua, Kalimantan, and even foreign artists from Japan, Australia, India, New Zealand and many others.
In the Java language, meaning gerebeg Mulud crowd and is one calendar month name in Java. Celebration, also known as Sekaten, to celebrate the birth of the Prophet Muhammad. The procession lasted all day and ‘showing’ two gamelan performances are paraded toward the grand mosque.
In the evening there will be a market north of the city to add a festive city, the perfect place to try different foods as well as Java and Yogyakarta to hunt for souvenirs.
Papua typical festival has its roots in the beliefs of local tribes that the war not only conflict keuasaan and interests, but also a symbol of fertility and prosperity. Since 20 years ago, local governments have stressed the importance of peace between the tribes who fought to prevent retaliation and prolonged loss of life. So, Baliem Valley Festival is an event held to replace the war between the tribe.
As you may have guessed, the main event is a war between tribes. Imagine more than 20 different tribes with each of the 30 to 50 people wearing traditional clothing, carrying spears, bows, arrows and machetes! There are also performances and a host of other attractions, such as the local traditional games, dances, as well as local cuisine.
Nikolas Tjhin is editor Unearthing Asia, travel zine that focuses on lifestyle, culture, and attractions around Asia. Check our latest edition, visitors can visit the site online and even download it.