Schedule in February 2017 : Date: TBA February 2017
Schedule in March 2017` : Date: TBA March 2017
The Pasola Festival is an original war ritual for giving thanks to the ancestral spirits in the region of West Sumba, East Nusa Tenggara. Therefore two groups of 25 men each, mostly from the upper and the lower village, are fighting each other while riding horses and throwing their wooden spears toward the opponent. The iniciating prayer is lead by the Rato, a traditional priest, and after he threw symbolically his spear between the groups, the “war-game” immediately starts. The selected proud sumbanese men and also their horses are wearing traditonal and colorful clothes during this ceremony.
The festival is held every year in february or march in Kodi or Lamboya, unfortuneatly the exact date s not predictable, because it is decided by the Rato and announced only one or two weeks before.
The word Pasola derives from the word Sola or Hola, which means a kind of a long wooden stick used as spear. The sumbanese people believe that the festival creates a balance between material and spiritual needs in order to live happily in earth and in heaven. It contains also a sacrificial thought so that a certain bloodshed is considered to be essential. Pasola is usually the climax of a whole series of activities to celebrate the feast nyale. Pasola is believed to be the order of the ancestral population of adherent Marapu and expresses the essence of religion.
DAY. 01: DENPASAR – TAMBOLAKA – WAIKABUBAK – CITY TOUR (LD)
Flight from Denpasar to Tambolaka. On arrival at Airport of Tambulaka our guide picks you up and takes you directly by car to the Manandang Hotel in Waikabubak. In the afternoon after check-in you join a city tour to visit local market and traditional villages such as Prai Ijing, Tarung and Wai Tabar. It is a great occasion to see the stone graves and traditional houses of Sumbanese. Dinner and overnight at Hotel.
DAY. 02 :WAIKABUBAK – KODI – HOMBA KALAYO (PASOLA) (BLD)
After the breakfast in the early morning you drive to HOMBA KALAYO for about 1 hour, to attend the PASOLA. At first you go directly to place at the beach where the Rato (priest) is catching the sea worm and then to the field, where the Pasola is taking place. Lunch box will be provided there and in the afternoon you return to your Hotel. Dinner and overnight at Hotel.
DAY. 03. WAIKABUBAK – RARAWINYO (PASOLA) (BLD)
In the early morning we take you to Rarawinyo for about 01 Hrs, to attend again another Pasola Ceremony. Lunch box will be provided there and in the afternoon you return to your Hotel. Dinner and overnight at Hotel.
DAY. 04 : WAIKABUBAK – TAMBOLAKA – DENPASAR (B)
After Breakfast we provide transfer to Tambolaka Airport for the flight back to Denpasar.
Accommodation with meals (BLD)
English speaking guide
AC coach Transfers
Entrance fee and Donation
Price does not include:
Flight from and back to Denpasar
Drinks, personal expenses and tipping
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