This November, the Wakatobi Islands in South East Sulawesi province will again spark up with activities when the Tomia Island Festival 2016 takes place from the 3rd to the 6th November 2016. The festival follows the successful Kaledupa Festival held last September on this archipelago,renowned for its spectacular underwater beauty. The name Wakatobi, in fact, is the shortened form of the 4 names of the main islands called Wangi-wangi, Kaledupa, Tomia and Binongko, once better known as the Tukang Besi islands.
The festival will feature a wide variety of cultural attractions, a culinary fiesta, fishing competitions, and many more. The island of Tomiaitself has a number of unique cultural traditions such as the Safara ceremony that is held annually in the month of Safar following the Islamic Calendar and the Bose-bose in which people decorate traditional boats, loading these with offerings and then parade the boats along the shore. Also performed will be the Sajo Moane sacred dance and the Saride Sea dance which symbolizes unity and togetherness.
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