Every year, from the 1st to 10th Muharram in the Islamic calendar year, the people of Bengkulu rejoice in the celebration of theTabot Festival. This year, falling on the 24th October to 3rd November 2014, the festival , that is also based on local values and beliefs, will again be held by the province of Bengkulu.
The Tabot festival has been held here since the 14th century to commemorate the death of Hussain, grandson of the prophet Muhammad SAW, who died in Karbala Iraq in what is known as the "Karbala Tragedy". The people of Bengkulu have long believed that if the festival is not conducted, then a tragedy or disaster will surely befall them. Thus, the festival will always feature a series of rituals executed on a massive scale to ward off disasters.
The Opening of the Tabot Festival 2014 will take place at the Merdeka Square in the city of Bengkulu on 24th October 2014, which will be followed by a series of rituals, including: the soil taking ceremony, duduk penja, menjara, meradai, bersanding, and tabot terbuang (throwing the Tabot in the sea) on 25th October. The festival will also be highlighted with various traditional art performances, folk games, a bazaar and exhibition.
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