Archive for July 2015

Warak Ngendok

Warak Ngendok

Warak Ngendok is a toy or a show which is always associated with Dugderan festival. Warak Ngendok is children toy in a form of animal. The head is derived from Chinese ethnic symbolize by dragon head, the body is derived from Arabian symbolize by the body of buraq, while the legs is derived from Javanese symbolize by goat’s legs.

Pallawa Alphabet

Pallawa Alphabet

Pallawa alphabet or sometimes written as Pallava comes from southern India. It is an important part of Indonesian history since many Indonesian old alphabets are derived from it. The name Pallawa came from Pallawa dynasty that thrived in Southern India. The earliest evidence of the alphabet existence is in the Mulawarman inscription found in Kutai, East Kalimantan, and Tarumanegara inscription in...

Dugderan

Dugderan

Dugderan festival is to marked the beginning of fasting in Ramadan. It is held in the city of Semarang. It started in colonial times and is concentrated in the area of Simpang Lima. The celebration was opened by the Mayor of the city and attended by a number of fireworks. The name of dugderan is derived from the onomatopoeia of the burst sound of the fireworks. There is one show t...

Balimau

Balimau

Balimau is a tradition of taking a bath using lime in Minangkabau. Usually done in a certain area with river and baths. Inherited hereditary, it is believed that the tradition has been done for centuries. Balimau aims to clean the body and soul before entering Ramadhan. In the days of yore, lime was used as soap in some areas in Minangkabau because it dissolves oil or sweat on a body. Source of...

Bakar Ilo Sanggari in West Nusa Tenggara

Bakar Ilo Sanggari in West Nusa Tenggara

In welcoming the holy month of  Ramadhan, societies in West Nusa Tenggara hold a ritual named Bakar Ilo Sanggari. It is a lantern made of bamboo lubricated with castor bean oil and then burned. The lantern then set around the house that it is bright. The societies believe that by lighting lanterns, angels and spirits of their ancestors will come and give a blessing on the day of Eid- ul F...