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21
September

The residents of Terusan Lama village, Tebing Tinggi district, Empat Lawang regency, have a unique annual tradition at the Terusan Sungai Musi beach. That unique tradition is Lumpatan. In the local language, Lumpatan means jump. Lumpatan is actually a gotong royong or mutual cooperation that is done together to catch fish in the Musi River. This tradition is done once a year usually in the rainy season when the Musi River water debit is fast.

Lumpatan itself is a building made of bamboo and rattan which was then erected in the middle of the Musi River to make fish jump and be trapped if the Musi river water overflows. Lumpatan has a length of about 15 to 20 meters with a width of 8 meters, where the pole is planted at the bottom of the river. To make Lumpatan, it costs a lot of money. Therefore, a Lumpatan is not owned by one family, but a group of villagers. Each group ranges from 10 to 15 people. The making process of Lumpatan also takes a long time, about 1 month. In Terusan Lama village, there are about 10 Lumpatan installed on the Musi River.

Lumpatan begins to be installed in the rainy season, namely in September.  Lumpatan tradition begins with the ritual of burning incense, reading prayers and Surah Yasin in the hope that God will give abundant fortune and keep them away from calamities. Lumpatan is then installed and left for some time to wait for the fish go into it. There are many types of fish that enter the Lumpatan, such as white baung, semah, gegali, coang idung, lanpam, patin, baong, cengkak, sengarat, mutal, and dengi itam. The types of fish that people usually get are white baung fish and semah. However, the most commonly found are semah fish. Semah fish is known in Sunda as kancra fish, tambra in Java, and sapan in Kalimantan. After the fish are caught, some of the fish will be cooked and enjoyed together by the local people.

20
September

The Tapurarang site, which is located on the shores of the Kokas, Fakfak Regency, West Papua, is the object of paintings of palms and feet, eyes, dolphins, lizards, plants, leaves, human faces, and boomerangs. This site seems to tell about past events that were painted through several red hands and footprints on the cave walls.

The painting looks ordinary, but it is enough to describe humans and their daily lives. The painting technique was also unique because the objects were made like sprayed using red and yellow ink. Splotches of paint were on the edges of each object. The painting material was confirmed to come from natural dyes. Even so, the color is still preserved to this day.

The Kokas people consider this site a sacred place because in this place, there are human skeletons that are believed to belong to the ancestors of the Kokas people. In ancient times, the people here had a habit of placing the bodies of their deceased ancestors on cliffs, niches, headlands, big trees and caves which they considered sacred.

The uniqueness of this place is the presence of a lush mangrove forest and clear water flowing through the large shady trees around it. Here too, you can find hundreds of bird species, such as cranes, cockatoos, parrots, birds of paradise, which live in the wild and dare to fly over the heads of visitors.

To reach this site, you have to travel overland from Fakfak City to Ubadari pier. The journey takes about 2 hours by motor vehicle. After arriving at Ubadari pier, you can take a boat or longboat. This water trip will take 2 hours. If the tide is high, you can go up to the cliff and see this painting up close. However, if the water recedes, the beauty of this cliff painting can only be enjoyed from the top of the longboat.

17
September

If you are on vacation to Indonesia, just come to Banyuwangi City, East Java. This Banyuwangi City has many beautiful tourism destinations, such as Ijen Crater, Baluran National Park, Blambangan Park, Green Bay, Red Island Beach, Sukamade Beach, and Alas Purwo National Park. Certainly, visiting Banyuwangi is incomplete without trying its special food. One of them is Sego Lemeng. Sego Lemeng is a dish of rice cooked in bamboo and grilled until being cooked. Sego Lemeng is a typical dish of the Osing Tribe from Banjar Village.

Glutinous rice is the basic ingredient needed to make Sego Lemeng. After being washed cleanly, the rice is seasoned with bay leaves, kaffir lime leaves, lemongrass, and salt. Some people add coconut milk to add a savory taste. As a complement, Sego Lemeng can also be added with minced chicken or tuna. All ingredients are mixed together and then wrapped in banana leaves. After it is shaped like rice-cake, it is put into bamboo and burned in the fireplace for up to four hours. When the bamboo turns black, this is a sign that the Lemeng is well-done. When it is eaten, Sego Lemeng produces a distinctive, savory and delicious taste. Because it has been given a side dish in it, Sego Lemeng can be eaten just like when eating grilled rice. However, time by time, Sego Lemeng is served with other side dishes, such as salted egg, omelet, red chili sauce, and anchovies.

Allegedly, Sego Lemeng is food that becomes the supply of the guerrillas who fought against the Dutch colonial invaders. When fighting for independence, many residents fought and hid in the forest. There, they made Sego Lemeng to survive. To enjoy Sego Lemeng, you can find it in many restaurants in Banyuwangi, that sell this typical dish. The price is around from Rp 15,000 to Rp 25,000 per serving. It depends on what side dish you eat.

15
September

Labuan Bajo port is very strategic because it is the entrance to the province of East Nusa Tenggara -NTT. In addition, it is also the entrance to the Komodo Island National Park. Because every tourist who will come to Labuan Bajo by sea, land, or air will go to Labuan Bajo port to cross to Komodo Island National Park. Labuan Bajo port will be converted only as a passenger and tourist port, because it is famous for its beautiful sea tourism. So, many tourists come to Labuan Bajo for vacation and enjoy its natural attractions.

The name Labuan Bajo is taken from the names Labuan and Bajo. The word Labuan is taken from the port, because the Labuan Bajo area is a place for large or small ships to dock when entering the province of the NTT by sea. So over time, it is commonly referred to as Labuan. Bajo is taken from the name of the Bajo Tribe, known as the coastal tribe who usually lives on boats or houses on stilts, which are made above the sea and then survive by catching fish from various waters. It can be said that the original Labuan Bajo tribe is the Bajo Tribe who has lived and settled in Labuan Bajo for decades.


The location of Labuan Bajo port is indeed very strategic. Besides being on the national route which is the entrance to the province of the NTT, it is about 3.5 km or 10 minutes by cars, quite close to Komodo International Airport. When your ship docks at Labuan Bajo Harbor, you don't have to worry about lodging and other supporting facilities. Lodging such as inns, hotels, and villas with prices starting at 100 thousand per night are available around the Labuan Bajo port. In addition, public transportation is easy for you to find, such as motorcycle taxis or small buses. You can also look for motorbike, car, or minibus rentals that are available not far from Labuan Bajo harbor.

Labuan Bajo port and its surroundings are also widely available for food and drinks, with prices starting at 10 thousand per food menu and 5 thousand per drink menu. Although Labuan Bajo Village is not too big, the facilities here really support the needs of tourists so that the inspiration for the tourism business here is quite increased. Therefore, there are many facilities available around the port that you can use when traveling to Labuan Bajo by sea route. Labuan Bajo is not only rich in tourism destinations, but also in culture and language that are rarely found in other regions in Indonesia. Thereby, please make your plans from now on to travel to Labuan Bajo via Labuan Bajo port.

16
September

 

If the Covid-19 pandemic is over and you can travel again, please visit Indonesia, especially South Sulawesi. To travel to South Sulawesi, you feel incomplete if you haven't been to Malino, a nature tourism located in Malino Village, Tinggi Snout District, Gowa Regency, South Sulawesi. One of the natural attractions that should not be missed in the City of Flowers is Jeneberang Waterfall. Jeneberang Waterfall falls between high cliffs. The place is hidden in the upstream of the Jeneberang River. The sound of splashing water makes the feel of nature even more serene.

Jeneberang waterfall was formed because of a disaster. The dam that was destroyed by the flood of the Jeneberang River formed a beautiful waterfall. This waterfall flows in the middle of the crush of rocks. So, it is beautiful and stunning. When viewed from below, Jeneberang Waterfall is like a curtain. Two rushing streams of water flow between two high cliffs. At the bottom, there are natural rocks that meet the flow of river water. You can immediately feel the freshness of the water by sitting under these rocks. If you love photography, you can capture yourself there with a backdrop of high rocks and waterfall views.

Malino's natural tourism location is 90 kilometers from Makassar City, the capital of the province of South Sulawesi. From Malino, to Jeneberang waterfall, you have to pass through the Jeneberang River. The reason is that this charming waterfall is hidden in the upstream of the Jeneberang River. The road to the location of Jeneberang Waterfall is quite challenging. You also have to pass through the river rocks and down the cave with high cliffs. Along the way, your eyes will be spoiled with natural rocks covered with plants. You just pay an entrance ticket worth Rp10,000 and you will be satisfied to explore this exotic waterfall. The best time to visit Jeneberang Waterfall is during the dry season, because the river current is not too heavy.

13
September

Keluang Island is located in Babah Le Village, Jaya District, Aceh Jaya District. This island is one of several islands in Aceh Jaya. Besides having an exotic view, Keluang Island also keeps a hidden beauty with trees neatly arranged surrounding. With white sand on one side of the island plus solid rock cliffs, it makes this island look even more beautiful. Kaluang Island has very clear water and of course, provides quite amazing underwater views. This island has a natural cave that offers an exotic sensation; this cave is named Kelelawar Cave which is quite challenging to explore. To enter the Cave, you have to go by boat, and it is best to do it at high tide. Then, you will be challenged to dare to go down the cave where the cave has a lot of bats. In addition, in the cave, you will see various kinds of unique rocks formed by nature.

If you have finished exploring the cave, you can enjoy the dense tropical forest on this island. The beauty of the tropical forest here does not need to be doubted, because it has several species that are quite unique. If you have been to this forest, you can also spend time bathing in very clear sea water. When bathing, you don't have to worry about being swept away by the waves, because on the coast of this island there are no big waves. Otherwise, you will get quite calm waters.

To get to Kaluang Island, from Banda Aceh, you have to go to Lamno which is 78 kilometers by motor vehicles about 1 hour 30 minutes. Then, you still have to continue the journey by renting a fishing boat for shuttle, usually enough to pay Rp 300,000 – Rp 350,000 with a crossing time of about 25 minutes. On Kaluang Island, there are no adequate facilities, such as resting places that are quite comfortable to enjoy beautiful scenery. However, you are recommended to bring your own food and drink since here there is no food vendor!

09
September

Apar Tourism Village in Pariaman City, West Sumatra is one of the 50 selected tourism villages in the 2021 Indonesian Tourism Village Award competition. The competition was initiated by the Ministry of Tourism and Creative Economy. There were 50 tourism villages selected from a total of 1,831 participants. Currently, the Jury’s council of the competition along with Minister of Tourism and Creative Economy, Sandiaga Uno are directly visiting the 50 tourism villages. According to Minister Sandiaga Uno, the Apar tourism village has great tourism potential, starting from its beautiful and clean beaches, mangrove tracks, to turtle conservation. In addition there is also STIB, Baruak College of Science which is also interesting enough.

At Baruak College of Science, the local people train monkeys to pick coconuts and pick the best ones and then give them to tourists. Traveling to this Apar Tourism Village, you can also enjoy the shade of the mangrove forest by adventuring mangrove tracking, and taking pictures at an instagrammable spot gazebo. You can also explore the mangrove forest by canoe, visit the viewing tower and witness the animals at the Apar tourism area. One of which is the hatchling (turtle baby). Here, there is a turtle breeding area adjacent to the Apar Pariaman Mangrove Park area.

The Apar Tourism Village has also a stretch of blue and clean beach, and a beautiful sunset. Here, you can also enjoy the culinary specialties. The culinary that characterizes the Apar Tourism Village is processing mangrove fruit into drinks and food. For crafts, there is embroidery with gold thread and banana stem crafts. You can buy the gold thread embroidery or banana stem crafts as gifts for someone you love.

10
September

Piriang Dance

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Directorate General of Post and Informatics, the Ministry of Communication and Informatics along with Directorate General of Culture, the Ministry of Education, Culture, Research, and Technology (Kemendikbud Ristek) agreed to choose the Jathilan dance from Yogyakarta and the Piriang Suluah dance from West Sumatra as representatives of cultural wealth of Indonesian dances. Both traditional dances become  the first-quarter-2021 stamp series. The selection of the two dances is considered to represent the treasures, uniqueness and diversity of cultures across Indonesia. Furthermore, the Jathilan Dance from Yogyakarta and the Piriang Dance from West Sumatra have been designated in the Intangible Cultural Heritage of Indonesia.

Piriang Dance or plate dance is a typical dance of Minangkabau, West Sumatra. Based on the historical note, the Piriang dance was created to show people's gratitude to deities by presenting offerings of delicious food brought by beautiful girls. However, when Islam teaching entered the Malay area, the function of the Piriang dance was no longer aimed at worshiping deities, but for kings and officials. Along with the times, the Piriang dance is shown not only for the king but also for the king and queen for a day, for bride and bridegroom. Now, Piriang Dance is usually performed at weddings, welcoming great guests, art performances and other traditional ceremonies.

In general, the movement of the plate dance isby placing two plates on two palms. As quoted from the website of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs (kemlu), dancers swing the plate in fast movements, interspersed with clinking a plate or two rings on the dancers’ finger toward the plate they are carrying. At the end of the dance, usually the plates brought by the dancers are thrown on the floor and the dancers will dance on the broken plates. They dance, jump up and down, and roll around while carrying plates on broken glass. Uniquely, the dancers are not injured at all and the plates they are carrying do not fall. The number of dancers is usually odd from three to seven people. The dancers wear brightly colored clothes with shades of red and golden yellow and headgear. The dance is accompanied by a combination of Talempong and Saluang/flute musical instruments. The tempo of the music is soft and regular at first and then, gradually it changes to become faster.

08
September

Sukabumi in West Java is famous for the Cisande Tourism Village. According to Minister of Tourism and Creative Economy -Sandiaga Salahuddin Uno, the village has huge potential for livestock education tourism in the area. It offers a variety of activities with animal husbandry educational values for tourists, such as ornamental fish and catfish cultivation. Interestingly, the village has also the potential for other educational tourism activities, such as decorating caping kites and planting rice. The village also has a myriad of attractions in the form of outbound flying fox activities, archery, river tubing, camping ground and Pine’s hill.

The Cisande Tourism Village also highlights local cultural values by presenting a culinary garden in which there are Angkringan, coffee shops, and traditional Cisande cooking class activities. You can also visit production houses, such as flip-flops crafts, traditional Cisande games, woven bamboo, shredded catfish, typical Batik of the Cicantayan sub-districts, Sukabumi and typical pangsi clothes. The expanse of green land and cool air will give you a new adventure sensation while refreshing your body and soul.

The Cisande Tourism Village, located in Cicantaian District, Sukabumi Regency, West Java, is included in the category of the 50 best tourism villages in the 2021 Indonesian Tourism Village Award organized by the Indonesian Ministry of Tourism and Creative Economy. The existence of this tourism village will have an impact on economic equality in the village. In the future, the West Java provincial government will make a regional regulation on tourism villages as a legal umbrella for the implementation of the tourism village itself. The Cisande tourism village also applies health protocols so that your holiday atmosphere is safer and more comfortable.

07
September

Sungai Batang Tourist Village has entered the top 50 of the Indonesian Tourism Village Award (ADWI) 2021. The competition was initiated by the Ministry of Tourism and Creative Economy. The selection of tourist villages is based on the assessment of the board of curators on seven categories of assessment, classification of tourist villages and completeness of data through Jadesta.com site. Currently, the Award Jury Council along with the Minister of Tourism and Creative Economy Sandiaga Uno are visiting the 50 tourist villages including Sungai Batang Tourist Village.

Sungai Batang Tourist Village is located near Lake Maninjau, precisely in Tanjung Raya District, Agam Regency, West Sumatra Province. Sungai Batang Tourism Village has natural, cultural, historical and religious tourism. Not only that, Sungai Batang Tourist Village is the birthplace of the Indonesian National Hero, Buya Hamka.

Sungai Batang Village has natural potential with a beautiful panorama of Lake Maninjau. This village also has rice fields. Located near the rice fields with calm water, you can see the cranes flying. Besides, you can enjoy a variety of typical dishes too. Sungai Batang village is abundant with small yellowish-white fish commodities, which are commonly called Rinuak. This fish is an endemic animal of Lake Maninjau, this fish can be processed into various kinds of food and become one of the typical souvenirs of Sungai Batang village. For those of you who want to stay overnight, there is a homestay with a typical Minang design.

As the birthplace of a religious figure, Buya Hamka, Sungai Batang Tourist Village is rich in historical and religious tourism. The tomb site of Sheikh Muhammad Amrullah, the great scholar and grandfather of Buya Hamka, is a place for religious tourism to be offered. In addition, Buya Hamka museum is also a tourist attraction that is often visited by foreign tourists. Just like the name, this museum specializes in the collection of objects left by Buya Hamka, where the building is the house where Hamka was born before moving to Padang Panjang. This museum has an architectural form like Gadang House with a gabled roof and Minang carving ornaments.