Archive for September 2014

Kupang

Kupang

Kupang is a traditional cuisine of Pasuruan, East Java. The main ingredient of the cuisine is scallop cooked with garlic. Mostly served with petis kupang, lime, lontong, and slices of lento (a kind of snack made of cassava), and sate kerang. Kupang is frequently served with Es Degan Hijau because the beverage can minimize scallop allergy. The cuisine can be found in the street of Ir. Juanda and K...

Nyadran Ceremony

Nyadran Ceremony

Nyadran ceremony is a traditional ritual in Sidoarjo, East Java. The ceremony offering is done by drifting the offerings to the sea where the local fishermen catch fish in certain months each year. The ceremony is a representation of gratitude to God which has been done since their ancestors. Nyadran ceremony begins with a speech or a discourse conducted by local elders so that the ceremony can r...

Pilgrimage Site of Turbo Condro

Pilgrimage Site of Turbo Condro

Turbo Condro is a pilgrimage site located in about 1 km from the center of Jember. It is a graveyard of some Islamic leaders in East Java. One of the graves is Mbah Shiddiq’s. He is a great Muslim leader in Jember. According to the legend, the name of Jember has been given by him. Mbah Shiddiq is one of the Saichone Cholil’s students of Madura. Many pilgrim tourists form Central and W...

Watu Ulo Beach

Watu Ulo Beach

Watu Ulo means “snake stone” in Javanese. It is a name of a beach in Ambulu village, Sumberejo sub-district, about 40 km south of Jember, East Java. The name of Watu Ulo refers to a series of rock that extends from the coast to the sea. Every 7th Syawal, the ritual of Larung Sesaji, a ritual of throwing some offerings to the sea as a sign of courtesy and gratitude, takes place. Around...

Reog Dance

Reog Dance

Reog dance (or Barongan in Malaysian) is one of the cultural arts that originated from Ponorogo, East Java. It is often performed in weddings, circumcisions and national holidays. The performance of  Reog Ponorogo consists of 2-3 sets of opening dance. The first dance is usually performed by 6-8 gallant men in black, with red-polished face. The dancers portray a valiant lion figure. Next dance i...