On 12 April 1815, exactly 202 years ago, the Tambora volcano on the remote island of Sumbawa literally blew its top with such power that thick clouds of ash were carried around the world, to such extent that Europe experienced a year without summer. On the island of Sumbawa itself a sultanate came to its tragic end completely buried in layers of ash. Preserved remains of people and houses were later found in much the same condition as found in Pompeii. Today, scientists recognize Tambora's eruption as the most powerful in recorded history.
To commemorate this dramatic event, Sumbawa will this year again stage "Tambora Greets the World" on 12th – 18th April 2017, to be centered at the Pekat sub-district, Dompu Regency, West Nusa Tenggara Province. Since its first edition in 2015, Tambora Greets the world has been set to become an annual international scaled event.
This year the event will be highlighted with a wide range of activities, held in all regencies across Sumbawa Island that involve art and cultural performances featuring traditional art groups in Tambora, The Offerings to the Sea ritual held along the Samota (Satonda, Moyo, and Tambora) coasts, a Cultural Parade, a cultural Jamboree at the Pancasila Village, the closest village to the Tambora Hiking Trail, and plenty more.
Situated near the northern edge of the island of Sumbawa in the West Nusa Tenggara Province, (Sumbawa is located between the islands of Lombok and Flores), Mount Tambora is known to the world as the site where the largest and most deadly volcanic eruption in recorded history occurred. Like the prehistoric Mount Toba in North Sumatra, Mount Tambora is also one of the world's super-volcanoes. However, if the mega-eruption of Mount Toba – that occurred in the geological past- left its traces in the massive Lake Toba, Mount Tambora, on the contrary, is still very active, as it stands today at a height of 2,751 meters.
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