The island of Lombok in the West Nusa Tenggara Province will once again celebrate the age-old tradition of BauNyale or catching the Sea Worms Festival in the forthcoming month.
The locals believe, that the Nyale are not just regular sea worms, but are considered as sacred creatures that bring prosperity to those who respect them, or misfortune to those who ignore them. This belief is based on a legend of princess Mandalika.
This year, following a meeting of the council of government officials, traditional community leaders and keepers of the four cardinal directions, the event will be held from 9th to 10th February 2015and centered at Seger Beach, Pujut District, Central Lombok Regency. The unique tradition will also take place in several other beaches on the island at SelongBelanak, Kuta, and Aan Beach.
This year the tradition will also be highlighted with numerous exciting activities such as Traditional Horse race, Cultural Parade,Presean, and more. As a special treat, the Central Lombok Regency also plans to invite one of Indonesia's top music bands "Noah" to entertain the crowd at this year's festival.
The Sasak people of Lombok in West Nusatenggara celebrate this special ritual annually, on the 20th day of the 10th month on the traditional Sasak Calendar, which falls around February each year. Bau in the Lombok language means "to-catch" and Nyale is a type of sea worm that surfaces only around this time of the year. Therefore, BauNyale is the festive ceremony when large crowds catch the Nyale along a number of Lombok's finest beaches.
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