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13
September

Indonesian Minister of Tourism and Creative Economy, Sandiaga Salahuddin Uno appreciated the success of Campaga Tourism Village, which was included in the top 50 best tourist villages in the 2022 Indonesian Tourism Village Award (ADWI). This success is expected to encourage the development of tourism potential and creative economy in tourism villages in Tompobulu district, Bantaeng regency, South Sulawesi, especially in the development of nature-based tourism. Minister Sandiaga, after a visit to Campaga Tourism Village last September 7, said that Campaga Tourism Village has the potential for beautiful natural attractions and must be managed properly so that it can provide great benefits to the community, especially in sustaining economic revival and opening up job opportunities.

Campaga Tourism Village, which is included in the mountainous region of Bantaeng, is located about 15 kilometers from Bantaeng city, South Sulawesi, or about 20 minutes by two-wheeled or four-wheeled vehicles. Campaga Tourism Village has a variety of nature-based tourist attractions. One of them is the Campaga Protection Forest which covers an area of approximately 23 hectares.Campaga Protection Forest is one of the protected forests in Bantaeng regency. This forest is still beautiful and untouched by the community. In this forest, there is the Babangtanggaya Site (sacred stone), the Erasa Lego-lego tree which is the oldest banyan tree in the area and the sacred Tombolo Spring. Not far from this protected forest, there are tourist attractions for families, namely Erbol and Ertob Bathing Pools.

Campaga Tourism Village also has a new nature-based tourism spot, namely Simoko Waterfall which is considered to be still hidden. Tourists can see the view of this 30 meter high waterfall, while enjoying the lush atmosphere of the trees in the surroundings. When traveling to Campaga Tourism Village, don't forget to buy souvenirs. Campaga Tourism Village coffee and dodol (a fudge-like sweet made from glutinous rice, palm sugar and coconut milk) are known for their deliciousness, so you should buy them as souvenirs. Campaga Tourism Village is equipped with various facilities, such as parking lots, restaurants and toilets.

12
September

Ninety percent of the people in East Manggarai work as farmers, both field and rice farmers. They live together with nature. Everything related to planting various types of horticulture is always preceded by traditional rituals to honor the universe and God, the Creator. Therefore, it is not surprising why the people of East Manggarai have various rituals related to agriculture. One of them is the Umbiro ritual, which is carried out on the edge of the field when the rice begins to fill.

The Umbiro ritual is held to ask the universe, ancestors and God the Creator to give abundant results and protect rice from disturbances by spirits. The Umbiro ritual is always held by farmers in East Manggarai, especially at Mbengan in Ranakolong, Gunung, Gunung Baru and other 22 villages. Until now, local people hold the Umbiro ritual on the edge of the field when the rice begins to flower and is usually held in March.           

The Umbiro Ritual is a ritual asking the universe for long and abundant grains of rice. In the local language, "Umbi" is a pull and "Ro" is the name of a rope, which lives and grows in the forest. So, this ritual is like a tug of war competition. Uniquely, those who do Umbiro are women against men by wearing the local traditional “songke”, shawl and headband. When this ritual is performed, songs related to rice also accompany the ritual. Before the Umbiro ritual is carried out on the edge of the field, previously offerings are offered to nature, ancestors and God Almighty in the form of chickens, pigs and goats and other objects.

02
September

Youtefa Bay

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When you travel to Papua, you have to visit Youtefa bay as a tourism destination which has been talked about recently amid the event of National Sports Fair XX Papua 2021. As a venue for rowing sports, Youtefa Bay spoils the athletes with stunning views. Besides offering stunning views, Youtefa Bay has many tourism spots, ranging from bays, headlands, lowland forests, mangroves to beautiful beaches. This tourism attraction can be accessed by motor vehicles from Jayapura City with a distance of about 20 to 30 minutes.

Youtefa Bay is a small bay in the Yos Sudarso Bay area. The area includes several traditional villages, namely Tobati, Enggros, and Nafri villages. The bay has a typical view of coral islands with an expanse of blue waters. One of the mainstay spots in Youtefa Bay is Lake Sentani which is ready to spoil tourists with beautiful views. Youtefa Bay has a 200-meter-long mangrove forest from the coastline. The  mangrove forest and trees can be 7 to 12 meters high, which make Youtefa Bay feel like being lush and cool. Besides, there are  amazing views of the beach, headland, and lowland forest.

Another spot which is also beautiful is Hamadi Beach which is two kilometers long. This beach will spoil tourists with views of the sky, blue sea water and beach waves. Besides the beautiful scenery, Hamadi Beach recorded an important history in the past. During the second World War, this beach became the center of defense of the allied troops in the Jayapura area. Thus, when you come to Hamadi Beach, you will find many objects of war relics, such as the wreckage of tanks to warships. Not far from Hamadi Beach, there is Mount Mher which is very beautiful. Mount Mher holds the legend of the origin of the Tobati and Enggros tribes. Afterwards,  there is Tanjung Kaswari, which is known for its cool and shady beaches with rows of beautiful cypress trees. All the natural beauty of Youtefa Bay is covered by the splendor of the Youtefa Bridge, which curves in red. This bridge crosses from Jayapura City, Hamadi Village to Muara Tami District. It was inaugurated in October 2019. This bridge is one of the icons of Jayapura City.

01
September

Silakupang Art

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Silakupang is a combined art among Sintren, Lais or male Sintren dancers, and Kudakepang. It is said that Silakupang dance performance is believed to bring rain during a long dry season. Silakupang is a typical art from Cikendung village, Pulosari district, Pemalang regency, Central Java province. It is played for about an hour by ten dancers consisting of eight female dancers and two male dancers. The average age of the dancers is around 13 years. The dancers in this art must be virgins. If she is a virgin anymore, the attractions in this art will not run well. Silakupang art performances are also accompanied by the sound of Gamelan and Javanese songs sung by Sinden.

The Silakupang show begins by inserting one of the dancers in a bamboo cage wrapped in black cloth. Usually, in less than five minutes in a narrow cage, these dancers will change costumes. The change of costumes, which takes place fast, makes the audiences amazed, especially if you see the attractions of the dancers after getting out of the bamboo cage. The dancers will seem to lose consciousness, but they are still attractive in playing the Silakupang dance.

 

In addition to showing the magic of changing costumes and making up for Sintren and Lais players, Silakupang also presents quite thrilling actions for the audience. One of them is when the handler plays a whip to tell the Kuda Lumping dancers to move freely and wildly without rhythm. Now, Sikupang is an art that has been passed down from generation to generation through the ancestors of Cikendung Village. This art is performed during a long dry season, and now it has become a Pemalang tourism product that can be displayed at any time.

30
August

Sega Pager

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The main ingredients are vegetables, which are combined with peanut sauce, then it is given topping with boiled Chinese petai seeds (pethet) and fried uyah. It's called Sega Pager. The typical dish of Godong, Grobogan, Central Java, which is served in the morning, consisting of “Sega” meaning rice, while “Pager” means fence. Sega Pager means fence rice. The vegetables used in Sega Pager are leaves from plants, which are commonly used by residents for living fences or plants that grow in their yards. This is where the name Sega Pager comes from.

Vegetables commonly used for Sega Pager are young mlanding (river tamarind), kenikir (cosmos), beluntas herb plant, pohung cassava, lavender, and papaya leaves. Plus keplek (young mlanding fruit skin), which makes Sega Pager unique and delicious. Then add the Chinese petai seeds and fried uyah. Fried uyah is a salty-savory version of serundeng made from grated coconut which is seasoned and roasted.

This culinary presentation is so unique. Sega Pager Culinary is served using a pincuk (banana leaf-made plate) and a spoon in the form of a suru which is also made of banana leaves. Sega Pager can be eaten with rempeyek, crackers, or with various fried foods such as bakwan (vegetable fritters), mendoan (thinly sliced and fried tempeh), and tahu susur (stuffed tofu).


As a typical food of Godong District, Sega Pager was originally only found in three villages that were close to each other, namely Ketitang, Bugel, and Godong Village. Now this dish can be found in various corners of the city of Grobogan. Sega Pager is a breakfast menu, so Sega Pagers usually go on sale at 06.00 in the morning until noon or the merchandise runs out. About the price, no need to worry. A portion of this food is relatively cheap, around 3000 to 5000 rupiah (20 to 34 cents US dollar).

 

26
August

Pacu Jalur

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Festival of  Pacu Jalur of Taluk Kuantan was opened by the Indonesian Minister of Tourism and Creative Economy/Head of the Tourism and Creative Economy Agency (Menparekraf/Kabaparekraf) Sandiaga Salahuddin Uno on 21 August 2022. He has conveyed that the 2022 Festival of  Pacu Jalur of Taluk Kuantan  is expected to be a good momentum for economic revival and job creation for the people of Riau, particularly in Kuantan Singingi Regency, Sumatra Island. In the local language, the word  ‘Jalur’ means “boat”. Pacu Jalur is a rowing race on the river by using a long boat made of wood. The excitement of this festival is a tourism attraction for nomads, local and international tourists and local residents.

Pacu Jalur is the local wisdom of the Kuantan Singingi community. This boat race uses boats with a length of 25 to 40 meters. The history of Pacu Jalur started in the 17th century. The boat was the main means of transportation for villagers in Rantau Kuantan, namely the area along the Kuantan River. At that time, land transportation had not  developed yet. As a result, the boat is used as an important means of transportation for the villagers, mainly used as a means of transporting agricultural products, as well as the main transportation. Afterwards,  the paths are given beautiful carvings, such as carving the heads of snakes, crocodiles, or tigers. This change also marks the development of the function of the pathway to show social identity. Only the figure of the region, and the aristocrats rode the ornate path. Then, time by time, the sea lanes are not only decorated, but also contested. The speed competition event between tracts were then known as Pacu Jalur.

In the Pacu Jalur race, there are about 50 to 60 rowers  in each boat. The number of rowers varies for each boat,  because it is based on the length of the boat. The number of rowers does not guarantee victory, because according to local myths, the victory is determined by the magical power found in the wooden boat and the magic of the handler in controlling the boat. Of the 50 or 60 rowers, there are team members with their own duties, such as the 'concang' who becomes the commander or signal giver, and the 'waistman' who becomes the helmsman. There is also an 'onjai man' who is in charge of giving the rhythm at the steering part and a ' dance worker ' who helps the 'onjai man' in applying pressure so that the boat is balanced. The Pacu Jalur uses a knockout system so that participants who have lost at the beginning are not allowed to play anymore. While the winners will be contested again to be a winner. Unlike other competitions, Paju Jalur starts with a quite unique sign, namely by ringing the cannon three times. This cannon is used so that the sound of the start of the race can be heard, because of the vastness of the runway and the noisy audience watching this typical Kuantan Singingi race.

23
August

Last August 16, the Indonesian President Joko Widodo (Jokowi) attended the Annual Session of the Indonesian People's Consultative Assembly (MPR) and the Joint Session of the Indonesian People's Representative Council (DPR) and the Indonesian Regional Representative Council (DPD) in 2022 at the Indonesian MPR Building. As in previous years, President Jokowi wore traditional clothes when giving a speech at the Nusantara Building. On this occasion, President Jokowi chose the Paksian shirt from Bangka Belitung Province. The Paksian clothes worn by President Jokowi consist of a long calf-length robe, trousers, sash and cual woven cloth, typical of Bangka. For the head covering, President Jokowi wore sungkon. On the clothes there are decorative ornaments with the motif of Pucuk Rebung (bamboo shoot). Actually, the original color of this traditional dress is red, but as time goes by, the color of the clothes adjusts to the tastes of the wearer.

During his speech, the President mentioned the reason for choosing the Paksian traditional clothes from Bangka Belitung with the green bamboo shoot motif. According to President Jokowi, these motif and colors symbolize harmony and hope. The motif symbolizes harmony, while the green color contains the philosophy of coolness, hope, and growth.

Bangka Belitung historian and humanist, Akhmad Elvian, stated that the name Paksian comes from the Chinese language, which means a forehead cover or head crown, which is worn complete with red baju kurung (long and loose traditional blouses). Paksian clothes are typical clothes for Pangkal Pinang brides. Citing kemdikbud.go.id, this Paksian traditional dress is said to be influenced by China and Saudi Arabia.

18
August

Jemparingan

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Jemparingan competition enlivened the 77th Indonesian Independence Day in Solo, Central Java. This traditional archery competition which became a typical event of the Mataram Kingdom era was organized by Bank Indonesia (BI) Solo and the ranks of the Military District Command 0735 in Surakarta through an event entitled Jemparingan Kemerdekaan at Vastenberg Fort Solo on Sunday (14/8). This Jemparingan competition was attended by around 300 participants from Solo and surrounding areas. Jemparingan is an archery sport and originated from the Ngayogyakarta Hadiningrat Sultanate, or also known as Jemparingan of the Ngayogyakarta Mataram style.

There is a difference between modern archery and Jemparingan. Jemparingan has its own provisions that make it unique. The archers for the Jemparingan must wear traditional Javanese attire and use a bow without any tools. The aiming target is not in the form of a colorful circle, but in the form of a pendulum resembling a hanging doll called ‘Nggandhul as a target for arrows. Beneath the pendulum hangs a small ball, which the archer will receive a deduction for if it hits this ball. While at the top hung a small bell that would ring every time the netting hit the pendulum.

The archers must shoot their arrows in several rounds, sitting cross-legged. With this sitting position, it takes high concentration and keeps calm in releasing arrows so that they are right on target.

The archers also do not aim with the eyes, but position the bow in front of the stomach so that the shot is based on the archer's feelings. This archery style is in line with the Mataram style Jemparingan philosophy itself, pamenthanging gandewa pamenthanging Cipta, which means stretching the bow along with concentration, and aiming at the target.

In the past, this game was only played by the Mataram royal family, and was used as a competition among the royal soldiers. But over time, the art of archery is now increasingly in demand and played by many common people. In the Yogyakarta Palace itself, Jemparingan games are routinely held every week.

13
August

Mandik Pusake

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People of West Lombok held a ritual night namely “Mandik Pusake “ to celebrate Islamic New Year “1 Muharram“ 1 Suro “. The ritual was held at Gedeng Gerung Perigi Gerung, Lombok Barat, West Nusa Tenggara on 6 August 2022. The ritual Mandik Pusake is the annual ritual which is usually carried out at the first month of Hijriyah calendar. Some owners gather to bathe their heirlooms. According to local public figures , the ritual is to preserve the soul in the context of Islamic religion, namely Silaturahim. Besides, the process of Mandik Pusake is also aimed at approaching friendship and preserving adiluhung.

 

Other meanings of the ritual are to manifest culture originated by ancestors and stipulate that social-cultural values that still exist in the people’s minds. From the ritual, keris (traditional weapon) from Lombok can be inventoried and easily track the existence in the future. When the ritual is carried out, the used keris is noted one by one, its name and origin.

 

At the ritual of Mandik Pusake, all the owners of keris across Lombok come to the place chosen to gather and bring their keris. They will wait in turn when one by one the keris is bathed by the selected tribe public figure. The ritual is also accompanied by reciting lontar or paos, namely the written reading on palm leaves inscribed with Sanskrit letters that contain high moral values. In this ritual, the keris is usually bathed in water which has been mixed with seven types of Setaman flowers. There must be at least three types of flowers, namely cempake, sandat and roses.

08
August

 

Jumog Waterfall is often referred to as a hidden paradise in Karanganyar, Central Java. It is said so because of its location behind a hill covered with shrubs. This tourism destination was not initially visited by many tourists, but with the awareness of local residents, the path to this location has been made easier. Therefore, Jumog Waterfall is now one of the mainstay tours that increase residents' income.

In the Jumog Waterfall area, there are green views and tall trees which are a perfect combination. The sound of gurgling water soothes the heart, when you go down 116 steps to get to the waterfall. About a few meters from the waterfall, there is a small bridge. This place is the most appropriate spot to enjoy the surrounding panorama which has a height of 30 meters with a fairly heavy water discharge. The rush of the waterfall makes the wind blow strongly near the waterfall.

Jumog Waterfall is located in Berjo Hamlet, Ngargoyoso District, Karanganyar Regency, Central Java Province. For tourists who want to visit this place, they can drive their motor vehicles towards Grojogan Sewu. After arriving at Karangpandan terminal, please take the route to Ngargoyoso. Then, they can follow the directions to the Jumog Waterfall. The facilities at Jumog Waterfall are quite complete. There are already children's play areas, swimming pools, gazebos, areas for rest and restaurants. Around this tourism destination area, there are also several residents' houses which are usually used as homestays. Homestay rates are quite varied, ranging from Rp50 thousand to Rp250 thousand per night.

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