Wednesday, September 29, 2010

Manambang Tradition,West Sumatera,Indonesia

Every time Lebaran, one of which awaited the children in the city of Padang, West Sumatra, is `manambang ', a tradition carried out after Eid prayers.
Manambang is an activity in groups of children visiting the homes of citizens to stay in touch with the hopes of getting holiday allowances from the host.
Their entourage vary, there are five to eight people, there is even a dozen in number because of the children, after Eid prayers Firti have agreed to go together.
The children, leaving not accompanied by their parents, only the same age group. Up front door of the house residents who become the target, still did not escape greeting, Assalamu `alaikum.
The owner of the house, did not escape to answer conveyed greetings troupe of children who visit it. When he was told to enter the host, a group of children also were served drinks and cakes widths.
In addition to stay in touch, school-age children kindergarten and elementary school, also introduced himself to the unknown host.
The children were first treated to a meal of soft drinks and cakes widths, such as onion cakes, eggs and nuts tujin as well as other types. But, there is also a neglect of dishes because of waiting for money from the host.
When a group of children was farewell to homeowners, there is also the host opened the bag and distribute the money. There are coins and bills, 1000 and 2,000 rupiah recently.
In fact, there are also groups of children who manambang it, do not go into the house we were visiting and just shaking hands and inner lahin apologize in front of the door with the host while giving money.
Results manambang money for children in the city of Padang, is because they can target hundreds of homes visited, not only in the vicinity of the complex where they lived.
Residents who visited a group of children who wished pitih Rayo, felt happy because the money receran already prepared before Lebaran.
In addition, routine manambang tradition every year, he added, an opportunity also to share with fellow Muslims over the derived sustenance.

Sunday, September 26, 2010

Tradisi Keramas Bersama,Banyumas,Java,Indonesia

Many traditions are carried in several local residents in welcoming the holy month of Ramadan. As did the number of mothers Village District Kracak Ajibarang Banyumas, Central Java, for example. They perform rituals in the River Kawung clean themselves the way along the river wash. But this is different with shampooing shampooing in general.
To maintain their ancestral tradition, shampooing is done by using straw or rice straw ash from the burnt dry. In addition to maintaining the tradition, shampooing with a straw is also intended for these mothers hair looks black, shiny and clean during ramadhan month later.
Before shampooing together, they first burned a bunch of dry rice straw which they had prepared. Once burned, the ashes of rice straw or straw is then filtered in the bucket. Straw is then used together to shampooing.
With this self-purification, residents hope to implement the fasting month of Ramadan with a pure heart and sincere. In addition, the purification itself by shampooing with it also considered a form of togetherness Kracak Village residents. 

Tradisi Pasang Lampu,Gorontalo,Sulawesi,Indonesia

Tumbilotohe which consists Gorontalo language in the sense of the word "tumbilo" means the tide and the word "tohe" means a lamp, which shows pairs of night lights or lamps. This tradition is a sign would be the end of the holy month of Ramadan, has inspired a victory for the citizens of Gorontalo.
Implementation Tumbilotohe before sunset until morning for 3 last night welcomed the victory on the day before the Eid.
Amid the feel of victory, the sky is dark because the moon does not show its rays. Residents then believing that such a moment is an opportune time to reflect on ourselves as human existence. This is a most beautiful moment to realize ourselves as nature created by Allah SWT.
According to history Tumbilotohe activity has been going on since the XV century, as illumination is obtained from the resin, tree sap that can burn for a long time. Resin and then wrapped with a leaf and placed on the timber. Along with the development times and reduced resin, lighting made with coconut oil (padamala) which is then replaced with kerosene.
After using the resin, coconut oil, then kerosene, Tumbilotohe experiencing a shift.
Almost all residents replace lighting with flickering lights in various colors. However, some people still maintain traditional values, namely wearing light bottles on display in front of the house on a framework of wood or bamboo.
At nightfall, "ritual" Tumbilotohe begins. The city looks bright. There was hardly any dark corner. Dim lit night lights bottle in front of people's homes look charming.
Gorontalo city turned lively as the lights not only illuminate the bottle yard, but also illuminate the page office, the mosque. No exception, field plots of vacant land to the soccer field filled with light bottle. Society as united in religious feeling and the same solidarity. On vacant lands, distant area, the lights bottle shaped picture mosque, the holy book the Qur'an, to calligraphy.
TUMBILOTOHE become a magnet for the immigrant population, especially citizens of the neighboring town of Manado, Palu, and Makassar. Many people who visit just to see Tumbilotohe Gorontalo. Throughout the trip at Gorontalo area then we will see Tumbilotohe from a wide variety of forms. "It is wonderful when we walk in the night" was the expression on most people who spoil the eye all the way to enjoy the lights of every home, office and mosque.

Some who become 'peramai' in the tradition of tumbilotohe, in among them as follows:

1. The gate framework (in Gorontalo Alikusu)
Alikusu consists of yellow bamboo, decorated with coconut, banana trees, sugar cane and oil lamps are placed at the entrance to homes, offices, mosques and a local border gates. At the gate there is a dome of a mosque that became the main symbol alikusu. Residents decorate with leaves that are dominated Alikusu yellow leaf. Above the skeleton was hung some bananas and sugar cane as a symbol of prosperity symbol of sweetness, kindness, and honor to welcome Idul Fitri.
2. Bamboo Cannons (in Gorontalo Bunggo)
In my childhood favorite game in the month of fasting is Bunggo. Bales each other, fighting each other hard to be a typical bamboo cannon sounds in the game bunggo. Bunggo made of bamboo choices for each link it, except the tip segment, punched. Near the very end of the segment given a small hole filled kerosene. Small hole as a place to set fire to give off chug. While pounding the village with the sound of cannon, teens and children cried out too far to awaken people to not sleep, "Sahur .. sahur ..".

Tradisi Malam Pertama,Gorontalo,Sulawesi,Indonesia

In the area of Gorontalo, according to the stories of old people, had adopted a habit that may be also considered customary at that time. Habits that have been passed down through generations and is now missing, which the groom must rest a piece of white cloth under his wife's body. Traditional ground white cloth under the bride's body during the first night, has an important meaning. It's as proof to the groom that his wife is really still a virgin or had never been touched before.
Perhaps this evidence did not refer to the biological sciences related to the female hymen, because one sign that is still a virgin bride when it was first marital relationship and he will bleed. So when her husband found the blood in white cloth, then that is proof that he touched his wife's first.
Not only that, in the morning, the groom will sungkem to the law while showing a white cloth pengalas. As an omen it was he who first got the sanctity of their daughter. This will bring pride and honor for parents and family of the woman that her child is still sacred. Other interesting things that is unbeknownst to the bride and groom, the parents of the bride would place an old woman (grandmother) who came from the family of a woman under the bed bride. This means that the old woman would have under the bed when the first procession last night. It has a meaning as follows:
Grandma will be a witness if the groom on the night
violence or mengkasari first wife.
Grandma will be a witness if the bride does not want
serve the rights of her husband.
grandmother would act as a mediator if that happened to both families would not make love, but a fight.
The next day, grandma will be reported to the bride's parents about what happened last night at the bride and groom. If good, then predicted their marriage will be lasting, whereas in case things are not better then the old lady would give such a recommendation for the bride and groom do not have to be united again.
The tradition of the first night with a white cloth and grandmother under the bed the first night of the bridal procession took place during this time have not ever carry it out. Development of the age be a factor. When the old days people knew that the size of virginity was seen whether the bride to bleed on the first night or not.
But since science, especially concerning a woman's hymen is becoming more sophisticated so has to be explained that could be a girl's virginity is lost without any relationship with anyone.
Maybe as a child never had an accident or the like that make hymen broken even if a woman's hymen can be thick, then the hymen will not be easily penetrated during the first night.
This tradition has remained a story of old people who never experienced it before.

Saturday, September 25, 2010

Telaga Ngipik,Gresik,East Java,Indonesia

Cool atmosphere, quiet, comfortable instantly felt when I got the sights Giri Tirta Wana. Near the main road entering the village Ngipik pass road leading down to the lake, we can look at the expanse of the wide blue green water. Overland travel fatigue more than an hour from the city of Surabaya was immediately vanished.
In simple stalls along the path, found many local travelers to spend long hours staring at man-made attractions that, while sipping coffee with delicious. The wind blew fresh breeze add to the atmosphere. Inhaling air hilly town of Gresik make the joints and the body becomes more fit and peace of mind.
Giri Tirta wana more popular by the name Ngipik Lake is one of the resorts are managed by PT Swabina Gatra slick, one of PT Petrokimia Gresik Group since 2002. Name giri wana Tirta adopted from the characteristics of the location of lake Ngipik. Among Kebesaaran of Sunan Giri Giri means that his tomb is located in the town of Gresik. Wana means that forests and trees that surround this resort, and Tirta which means water, intentionally used because the present lake Ngipik which has the element of water.
The Government of Gresik Regency Lake Tours also makes Ngipik and Giri Tirta Wana as a source of local revenue the tourism sector. However, over time, the resorts are located in the middle of the petrochemical industrial area of PT Gresik, neglected its management.
In front of the gate when entering the sights of this, none seen a billboard that reads the Tour Lake Ngipik, Giri Tirta Wana. It had a direct impact on the lack of recognition of this tourist attractions to the public. The management explained that the installation of a tourist, for reasons of tax financing has not been taking care of the area.
If you simply want to enjoy the panorama of the lake, the pier's water skiing sports groups can also be visited. From this pier, visitors can see the cool lake water, especially in the morning or late afternoon.

Pasar Bandeng,Gresik,East Java,Indonesia

Usually held two days before Eid takbiran night. To welcome Idul Fitri, the market town of Gresik sold fresh fish dead persons (taken) from the pond. Of milkfish milkfish moderate to large size or kawak. Special kawak milkfish was given a special place of the auction stage. Milkfish kawak one fish weighing 10 kg could achieve more. And because the auction, the price could reach millions of dollars.
 Milkfish Markets associated with travel history of Sunan Giri on the last night of Ramadan. At that time, Sunan Giri Kebomas continued their journey to a Market Gresik mushalla around now. Followers of Sunan Giri, amounting to a lot of it then makes a supposedly impromptu market many fish trade in Milkfish.
 In addition, there is also a thought that the tradition of Milk Market was started from habit Gresik society, who have confidence that the banding represents one's prestige in the community structure. Therefore, many people who love to eat milkfish Gresik, especially before the holidays. the greater the milk is consumed, the higher the prestige in the eyes of society. However, because the large number of milkfish diminishing the influence of weather, water conditions affected by pollution, then the auction is the right choice for people who want to consume large milkfish.
 There also are convinced that the market Milkfish has been made since the beginning of the city of Gresik formed. And there is also a state that, this party is the culture of the Dutch invaders introduced to pacify the natives Gresik from the desire to rebel.
 During this activity Milkfish Markets still promoted only limited regional market, through the media and tourism ambassador. He promised to promote more intensive milkfish Market to market dunia.Di East Java, Gresik, including areas where land is less fertile for farming, since most are located in the lowlands. Therefore, Gresik not rely too much on agriculture as its superior. However, soil conditions were very favorable for agricultural ponds.

Kolak Ayam Tradition from Gresik,East Java,Indonesia

Events compote Chicken Feast in Gresik Goemeno Mosque religious nuances held on each of 23 Ramadan (fasting month) or "Malem patlikur" (the night of twenty-four). And has lasted hundreds of years since the first event in 1451 AD. On that date the village community has a tradition of cooking compote Gumeno chicken or people there called "sanggring".
This tradition began when a propagator of Islam, Sunan Dalem his name, came to the Village Gumeno with the intention of proselytizing. He pioneered the establishment of a mosque in 1451 AD in the village. The mosque is now known as Masjid Jami 'Sunan Dalem.
After working hard to establish mosques and prepare new settlements in the village, suddenly fell ill Sunan Dalem. He ordered new residents who moved to become santrinya to find drugs. However, after every effort has been made, the pain does not go away. Finally, through "something magical" Sunan Dalem receives inspiration for his illness could be cured.
At the right moment, Sunan Dalem with the wise and prudent finally ordered the crowd gathered at the mosque with a rooster. Then he was asked to kill all the roosters that have been collected.
To some men also were ordered to prepare the spices for the recipes formulated by Sunan Dalem. Seasoning ingredients include sliced red onion into small pieces, brown sugar, cumin and coconut milk. To the citizens of Sunan Dalem announced that he was making recipes Sanggring, who was none other than Chicken compote.
Chicken that has been cut and has been weeded, just meat alone, "shredded-suwir" like people "nyuwiri" chicken meat to soup. Furthermore, chicken meat and processed using recipes from clay pots and materials from wood fuel combustion. Tradition until now, only men are in preparation and processing of chicken compote.
While waiting sanggring or compote cooked chicken, Sunan Dalem ordered residents to go home. Since that time, the fasting month to the residents ordered to return to the mosque in the afternoon at the time of breaking fast with the rice and sticky rice.
Sure enough, the evening was right on 23 Ramadan, Sunan Dalem together Gumeno citizens break the fast at the mosque with a special menu that is sanggring or compote chicken. So if there is now opening the show together, it could be following in the footsteps that have been done by citizens Gumeno Sunan Dalem.
After breaking the fast together with a menu of chicken compote Sunan Dalem then announced that he recovered from his illness. However, Sunan Dalem still say that his recovery is nothing but thanks to the guidance and aid of Allah SWT.
As an expression of gratitude to the citizens of Sunan Dalem Desa intestate Gumeno for each dated 23 Ramadan, usually called "Malem patlikur", for ditradisikan make compote chicken. Thus since the first event in 1451 AD until now always celebrated the tradition of chicken compote Village District Gumeno Manyar Gresik Regency.

Sunday, September 19, 2010

Kebon Rojo,Blitar,East Java,Indonesia

Kebon Rojo is an entertainment and family recreation park located dikompleks House Office of the Mayor of Blitar is provided for general public / tourists for free. Garden there are several kinds of animals intentionally reared in one specific area such as deer, monkeys and peacocks.

This site is also available playground facilities, relaxing place, animal statues and ornaments attached to the stage area appreciation for the artists with a background memorial Decade Bung Karno. Amid Kebon Rojo area there are water fountains and a variety of rare plant species that serves as the lungs of the city.

Ndalem Gebang,Blitar,East Java,Indonesia

Ndalem Gebang (House residence Bung Karno) is the house where lived an old man Bung Karno. The house is located not far from the Tomb of Bung Karno approximately 2 km to the south, precisely on Jalan Sultan Agung No. Blitar 69. This house is actually owned by the father of Sukarmini Poegoeh Wardoyo husband, elder brother of Bung Karno.
Apart from these two parents are occupied by Bung Karno, The Proclaimers in this place also had lived when periods of adolescence. There are so many memories etched into the Bung Karno Blitar. As he was on the afternoon of habit who like a walk in the 'Bon Rojo' and out into the village in Bendogerit. Throughout the trip is always followed by children and adolescents, while singing songs and joking. The longer the amount of accompaniment that becomes "small army" of Bung Karno's more and more. Casual event such usually ends up in ndalem Gebang sunset. At home the event is held each year who visited Haul people, as well as many arts events enliven the haul.

Saturday, September 18, 2010

Segayam Lake,Palembang,South Sumatera,Indonesia

Located 51 km from Palembang, Segayam Lake  is a very good place for a picnic or camping. Banya in this lake there are various types of freshwater fish. Location can be reached by bus or private transport vehicles. Lake with an area of 30 hectares, it is usually crowded on Sundays and holidays.

Pulau Kotok,Indonesia

Kotok Island Atoll is an example of a tropical island with pristine vegetation, crystal clear sea and rock formations, colorful thus become the main purpose of the divers. The island is also a place for the conservation of birds Scaly-breasted hawk who became a mascot of Jakarta province. Kotok Island can be reached by speed boat is only 90 minutes from marina Ancol. kotok island is an island that has a natural feel so captivating. There are still many trees serperti forest, but well-regulated. On the island kotok a tourist destination for tourists who want to make a tour to enjoy the beauty of the ocean, or nature is so beautiful.
Kotok Island has a very unique cottage. because of his cottage was on a big tree. we call the tree house. from the cottage you can see such a vast expanse of sea. an amazing experience.
The island is divided into two parts, namely kotok kotok west (kotok kul kul) and kotok east (kotok coconut). but for kotok coconut is not operational anymore or have been closed.
Kotok island has beautiful beaches and vast culup, pier shape is so unique. and has a floating restaurant / restaurant above the sea. if you want to snorkel direstoran after eating you can go directly into the sea. because direstoran there are stairs down to the sea.
To maintain the beauty and the preservation of the marine / marine parks, on the island kotok there are no facilities like water sports (jetsky, banana boat, Canoe). there only rent snorkeling equipment and diving equipment, and rental boats for diving.
Kotok diving areas in the island wide coverage. and the price is different. such as Area II about kotok large, Halimah corals, coral Tract. and there are several more areas for diving.

Kawah Putih,Ciwidey,Bandung,West Java,Indonesia

Patuha Mountain, located approximately 2300 meters above sea level, south of the city of Bandung, the store is a mystery in the past. Community consider Mount Patuha is haunted areas, they regard the summit of Mount Patuha former meeting place of the ancestors of South Bandung. However, the mystery which has become hereditary it became extinct after the Dutch scientist revealed by a German breed, Dr. Franz Wilhelm Junghun, also a Dutch planter who loves nature preservation in 1837. Mountain Valley Patuha conditions at that time was still a dense forest, filled with trees of local species, such as Rasamala, saninten, riots, samida, and others.

Because of curiosity and disbelief, Junghun continue through the heavy forests of Mount Patuha. And finally he found a crater lake which looks very exotic, and very beautiful. Although already discovered in 1837, but this new area into a tourist attraction in 1987 after being developed by PT Perhutani (Persero) Unit III West Java and Banten.

The beauty of Crater White

After entering the crater area of white, not fear that you will experience, but you will definitely stunned and amazed at the sight and see for yourself how incredible pool of water that accompanied white smoke billowed above. Color white water in the crater lake is not always white, white is the color of the crater of the most encountered during their visit, the water sometimes green apples and a bluish, when a blazing sun and fine weather, sometimes also the color of milk chocolate.

Less desirable in this area is the smell of sulfur which others can cause coughing due to smell it, even not far from the tourist area there are white crater five meters deep man-made cave that he said had once been used as a sulfur mine. When you pass through the cave you will definitely smell the sulfur which is very oppressive. Because of the very high sulfur content that, in earlier times had been built with a sulfur factory Zwavel Ontgining White Crater.

White crater caused by the eruption of Mount Patuha which occurred around the 10th century until the 12th century. In addition there are also white crater another crater known as Crater now.

There are stalls that sell many souvenirs that can be used as souvenirs. Also, many merchants who sell fruit Ciwidey typical, that is Strawberry.

Very unfortunate if you do not stop the tour to the crater Ciwidey White, you'll miss the place that gives the most amazing natural shades. Especially on holidays, there you will see how many people visit this tourist area to enjoy how beautiful the creator of the painting. The beauty that is displayed will make you continue to remember it until some time.

How To Achieve The White Crater Tourism Regions

Tour the White crater that is located approximately 46 km from the city of Bandung can be reached by using private vehicles or public transportation. If you use public transportation if you do not need to worry, there are transportation that will take you to the tourist area of the White Crater. Or you can also use a motorcycle convoy with friends.

Sunday, September 12, 2010

Sambas Sultanate,West Kalimantan,Indonesia

Sambas Sultanate government center is located in a small town now known by the name of Sambas. To reach this city can be reached by land vehicles from the city of Pontiac to the north-west direction as far as 175 km, through the town Mempawah, Singkawang, Pemangkat, and Sambas.

Former location of the government center is located on the edge of the town of Sambas. At the regional meeting of Sambas river, Small Sambas, and Red, at a place called Muare Ullakan by residents (Village In The) stood Sambas Sultanate Palace.

Government center is located in the Sultanate of Sambas river meeting on plots of land measuring around 16 781 square meters stretching west-east direction.

On this land there are several pieces of buildings, namely the pier where boats against the sultan, two gates, two Paseban, where the sultan's office work, building the palace core (audience hall), kitchen, and the mosque of the Sultan.

Palace buildings facing westward toward the river Sambas. To the north of the pier there Sungau Small Sambas, and to the south there is the Red River. Land around the palace is a marshy area and clustered in some places there is the family tomb of the Sultan.

The building of the old palace built by the Sultan of Bima in the year 1632 (now demolished), while the palace which is still standing today was built in 1933. As a palace on the banks of the river, where the means of transportation is a boat / ship, built of course on the banks of the river pier where boats against the sultan. Pier located in front of the palace is known by the name of the bridge Seteher. This bridge jutted into the middle of a river. From this pier there is the road to the palace and through the gate entrance.

Entrance gate into the yard, two-story palace built with octagonal diagram and breadth of 76 meters square. The lower part is used to place guards and a resting place for people who want to face the sultan, and the top is used to set the place on guard.

In addition, the top at times used as a place for people to beat the gamelan can be heard throughout the city if there was a crowd at the palace.

After going through an octagonal gate, in the midst of the palace yard flagpole can be seen propped up by four pillars. This flag pole symbolizes the sovereign, and symbolize the four-pole auxiliary buffer called the vizier, the sultan. At the bottom of the flagpole, there are two top guns, and one of them named Si Gantar Nature.

Before entering the palace, from the existing yard flag pole, we have to go through yet another gate. This gateway consists of two floors, but the shape of a rectangular diagram. Downstairs where the guards are on duty for 24 hours, while the upper floor is used for families to rest while watching the activities of the sovereign people of everyday life.

After going through a second gate and fence the core, arrived at the palace buildings.

Inside the palace complex there are three buildings. To the left of the main building there is a building the size of 5 x 26 meters. In the past this building functioned as the kitchen and where the palace cook. On the right side of the main building there is another building the same size as the kitchen building. This building served as the Sultan and his assistant work. From the building where the Sultan's palace to work and the main buildings connected by corridors roofed with a length of 5.90 meters and 1.50 meters wide.

Inside the building where the Sultan and his assistant worked, saved some of the imperial heritage, including the imperial throne, the sword of the inauguration of the Sultan, gongs, spears, yellow umbrella is a symbol of the empire, and the cannon catfish. Meriam catfish which are seven in number until the goods are still considered sacred and often diziarahi population. Each kesil sized cannon has a name, ie Raden Mas Raden Samber, Queen of Lightning, Pajajaran Queen, Queen Princess, Raden Pajang, and Commander of Guntur.

The main palace building measuring 11.50 x 22.60 meters. Consists of seven rooms, which is located in the front hall, bedroom sultan, the sultan's wife's bedroom, kids bedroom sultan, family room, dining room, and a special room to sew. At the top of the doorway that connects the audience hall and family room, there is a symbol of the Sultanate of Sambas with "Sultan van Sambas" and angkatahun July 15, 1933. Figures for this year is the date of the inauguration of the palace buildings.

Inside the building, at the Sultan's bedroom treasures stored goods Sambas Sultanate, including the clash sultan, oversized clothes, the imperial umbrella, sword, quiver, ladies, and Sultan Desk. On the walls plastered pictures of the family who had ruled the Sultan of Sambas.

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