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Pasola War Festival - Sumba island - East Nusa Tenggara Province- Indonesia
Duration: 4 Days / 3 Nights
Price per person: USD 525
The Pasola Festival is an original war ritual for giving thanks to the ancestral spirits in the region of West Sumba, East Nusa Tenggara. Therefore two groups of 25 men each, mostly from the upper and the lower village, are fighting each other while riding horses and throwing their wooden spears toward the opponent. The iniciating prayer is lead by the Rato, a traditional priest, and after he threw symbolically his spear between the groups, the "war-game" immediately starts. The selected proud sumbanese men and also their horses are wearing traditonal and colorful clothes during this ceremony.
The festival is held every year in february or march in Kodi or Lamboya, unfortuneatly the exact date s not predictable, because it is decided by the Rato and announced only one or two weeks before.
The word Pasola derives from the word Sola or Hola, which means a kind of a long wooden stick used as spear. The sumbanese people believe that the festival creates a balance between material and spiritual needs in order to live happily in earth and in heaven. It contains also a sacrificial thought so that a certain bloodshed is considered to be essential. Pasola is usually the climax of a whole series of activities to celebrate the feast nyale. Pasola is believed to be the order of the ancestral population of adherent Marapu and expresses the essence of religion.
The same program for Pasola festival in March 2016
Place : Kodi - Sumba island, Dated : March : 26,28 and 29
25 Feb: DAY.01. DENPASAR-TAMBULAKA-WAIKABUBAK (West Sumba ) (L/D)
Flight Denpasar- Tambulaka by: Garuda Indonesia (GA 460) ETD Bali 12.55 ETA Tambulaka : 14.20
On arrival at Airport of Tambulaka Airport, our guide will meet you and transfer to Manandang Hotel or Similar . Afternoon city tour visit; traditional market and villages nearby the city of Waikabubak such as: TARUNG ,WAI TABAR and Prai Ijing to see stone graves and traditional houses Of Sumbanese return to hotel for dinner and overnight.
26 Feb: DAY.02. WAIKABUBAK- Fullday PASOLA TOUR in Kodi (B/L/D )
Early morning breakfast at hotel ( 05.00 am ) drive to Kodi about 2,5 hours for witness the another PASOLA. During the Day. Lunch box will be provided on the spot. , visit some traditional houses in Kodi (Ratenggaro Village, etc) Afternoon,return to hotel for Accommodation and meals at Sinar Tambolaka Hotel or similar.x will be provided on the beach . Afternoon, return to hotel for Accommodation and meals at Hotel overnight at Hotel.
27 Feb: DAY.03. WAIKABUBAK- FULL DAY PASOLA KODI Bondo Kawango (B/L/D)
Early morning breakfast at hotel ( 05.00 am ) drive to Kodi about 2,5 hours for witness the another PASOLA. During the Day. Lunch box will be provided on the spot. , visit some traditional houses in Kodi (Ratenggaro Village, etc) Afternoon,return to hotel for Accommodation and meals at Sinar Tambolaka Hotel or similar.
28 Feb: HOTEL - TAMBULAKA-DENPASAR ( B )
After Breakfast at your hotel , Transfer to Tambulaka /Waingapu Airport to catch flight for your next destination.
Flight by Garuda Indonesia (GA 461) ETD Tambulaka : 11.10 ETA DPS 12.15
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Remarks: All our trips can be organized tailor-made at request.