West Nusa Tenggara (NTB) is a province in Indonesia that has a very stunning natural beauty. The province has two large islands consisting of the island of Lombok and Sumbawa Island and both of this island is ready to welcome you to come on there for vacation. You’ll be amazed at its stunning natural beauty and various cultural festivals. Below will be explained some of the best Festival in Lombok
1. Bau Nyale People’s Party
Folk Party of Bau Nyale is a celebration of joy over the legendary Princess Mandalika who willingly plunge herself into death by the sea rather than get married to the Crown Prince of Lombok Kingdom.
This tradition is commemorated by capturing sea worms that citizens believe as the incarnation of a princess in the legend of Princess Mandalika. The party will be done at Kuta Beach, Seger, A’an, Central Lombok. So make sure you book your time to visit this festival that’s done every year and be able to commemorate the romantic events.
2. NTB Student Art Performance
NTB Student Art Performance is an arts arena involving students throughout the Nusa Tenggara Barat region. The Cultural Park will be a space for students and former artists to produce innovation in terms of art. This festival presents a collaboration of traditional and modern art that can be enjoyed in a number of tourist attractions. So be sure to see the West Nusa Tenggara Students Art Contest on month February every year.
3. NTB National Film Appreciation
NTB National Film Appreciation festival with Cinemas will be a fresh entertainment venue facility provided to all of the people of NTB. Various national films will be played to distract people from some of the less educational Television Programs channels on their tv set. This mobile theater will be held together by the people of NTB once every month to also brings better relationship among the people there.
4. Leather Puppet Sasak Performance
Sasak Leather Puppet Show is a collaboration of wayang with theater, dance and other performing arts. The benefits of this Festival is expected to ignite the love of the younger generation for one of the native culture of Indonesia that is Leather Puppet. So do not forget to watch the Sasak Leather Puppet Festival on every March and see the deep story of Leather Puppet that were displayed there.
5. Tambora, Welcoming The World
Tambora Festival of Welcoming the World is held to commemorate 200 years of the eruption of Mount Tambora that occurred in 1815. The festival which will be held on April 10 is done by Tourism Event of NTB. In addition to this event then you can also watch the Festival Mbojo or Horse Racing performed by small children to be held on April 3-10 to also commemorate 201 years of Tambora eruption.
Starting from making the murals, Gili coast trail run, and also the release of a sea turtle into the ocean and tree planting will be a series of events that enliven this festival.
6. National Festival of Traditional Musician
West Nusa Tenggara Province also hosted the National Musical Performance. The event was organized by the Cultural Tourism of NTB in cooperation with the Ministry of Education and Culture. This Traditional Music Festival is organized as one effort to preserve and improve art performances of music in Indonesia.
For those of you who are fans of traditional music then you have to come to West Nusa Tenggara to witness the National Festival of Traditional Music as well as explore the Tourism on the island of Sumbawa or Lombok Island.
7. Lombok Sumbawa Pearl Festival
For the 6th time, The Lombok Sumbawa Pearl Festival was held at Senggigi Beach in Lombok. The festival that was held in West Lombok, West Nusa Tenggara has been regularly held since 2010 ago. The event was held with the aim of introducing Lombok as an international pearl producer and showcases the richness of pearls in the archipelago.
Furthermore, for those of you who are pearl lovers then can watch the Lombok Sumbawa Pearl Festival in every July.
8. Poetry and Arts Musicalization
July will be the month of art for West Nusa Tenggara (NTB). Various art events will be held there such as dance, music, literature, theater and performing fine arts. Musicalization of Poetry and Art is organized to give stages to a talented young generation in the field of art. This event is also used as a way for the people of West Nusa Tenggara and also for you art lovers to appreciate the artwork of the young generation of NTB people.
9. Mataram Festival
Mataram city festival will be one of the primadonnas in the tourism events. All the cultures in this city are presented, among them Sasak Tribe, Sumbawa, Mbojo, Bali, and much more. In addition, Cultural Event Tourism of Lombok Sumbawa also participated in this series of festivals. During one month of August, you will be invited to enjoy the cultural performances, exhibitions, and gatherings performed by artists and native people of NTB.
10. Senggigi Festival
During the week, West Lombok will be enlivened by various attractions, exhibitions, and folk parties. The Senggigi Festival is held in order to promote tourism district of West Lombok. The event, which will be held on September will be filled with a variety of cultural and dance attractions, regional and modern art performances and various exhibitions will be displayed for tourists for a whole week in the Senggigi Beach area.
11. Gili Indah Festival
If Lombok Barat has Senggigi then North Lombok has Gili Indah which is poised to be enlivened by sailboat race, beach volley, culinary party, and many other events. Also in this festival, they will feature a cultural ritual of North Lombok residents called salting. Which is a ritual that tells about the local wisdom of North Lombok residents when knowing about the benefits of salt in Lake Gili Meno.
12. Mojo Festival
The Cultural parade will be held in Sumbawa on 23 September to 30 October. The annual event titled Festival Moyo is to present attraction of Temung Nguri which tells about the glory of Samawa Sultanate and dance Getap Junjung Pasaji consisting of 24 participants of Cultural Parade from 24 districts that’s also there to enliven this series of events. The great theme of this year’s Moyo Charm Festival illustrates the development of tourism, the creative economy, and investment. Which is displayed in various events at Moyo Festival
13. Muharram Festival
After being selected as World’s Best Halal Destination, Lombok reinforces its Islamic roots by offering Islamic tour package. The annual Muharram Festival in East Lombok (Lotim) will be one of the brandings of NTB halal tourism. The government is rumored to be prepping again for Muharram Festival activities in order to become an attraction for tourists to visit this area. This Festival of welcoming the new year of an Islamic calendar will be held in East Lombok.
14. Lakey Festival
The biggest surfing competition will take place at Hu’u Lakey in October. Lakey Beach is one of the tourist areas in Dompu Regency, West Nusa Tenggara (NTB). The beach in Hu’u District south of the capital of Dompu Regency is said to be one of the world’s best-surfing spots. Local and foreign surfers often tested the waves of Lakey Beach. The domestic and foreign surfers will be challenged to conquer one of the best waves in the world in the Lakey Festival.
15. Taliwang Festival
Taliwang Festival is an activity that involves Kebo Racing, Kebo Hias Carnival, and Ancient Performing Art. This Cultural festival is held on 13-19 November and is a collaborative activity of Provincial Government NTB and the Central Government. This is because Taliwang Festival is categorized in the calendar as tourism promotion for NTB necessary to brings in increase activity for tourism
Martial arts have been around since the days of the kingdoms in Lombok, originally a kind of sword and shield practice before going to the battlefield. In its development, until now the weapons used in this tradition is in the form of a rattan with a layer of asphalt and broken glass smoothed, while the shield made of cow or buffalo skin. Each player is equipped with a headband and a long cloth.
The match will be terminated if one of the players is bleeding or the event is stopped by the jury. The Periseian festival is held every year in East Lombok Regency
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17. Tandang Mendet
Tandang Mendet Dance comes from the word “Mendet” which means joy or success. The Mendet dance or War dance is one of the dances that existed since the glorious period of the Selaparang kingdom depicted by warriors performing it. This dance is performed by dozens of people dressed up with spears, shields, swords and accompanied by drums and songs that tell about the courage and struggle of the soldier.
The festival in Lombok is meant as a way to attract many outsiders to come and visit the island. This will, in turn, increase the local economy there and bring prosperity to many people. And also the festival can be regarded as a way to preserve local tradition so it’ll be passed down for future generations.