The most thrilling annual traditional war games will yet again be held on Sumba Island, East Nusa Tenggara, where the breath-taking Pasola Jousting Festivals will get underway in the upcoming month of February and March. Annually taking place in several villages on the island on different dates.
The exact dates when the staged battles will take place are determined by village elders at full moon rising sessions, known as “naalbukolo”. Here the Ratu nyale plays a most important role to decide on the dates. It is difficult to estimate when exactly the Pasola jousting events will be held since the fights are not only organized as entertainment but are part and parcel of, and an inseparable ritual from the local belief called Marapu.
The Pasola jousting festival takes place on a broad stretch of savannah, and is witnessed by all villagers, the Paraingu Kabisu (communities) of both competing groups and by the general public and tourists alike. During the ‘war games’, opposing teams run into each other on horseback, saddle-less, throwing blunt spears – called hola – to each other to unseat or hurt their opponents or horses. Fallen men or horses may not be attacked, but any blood flowing is believed to fertilize the soil and benefit the next harvest.
The word Pasola itself is derived from the word Sola or Hola which is the name of the blunt spears used to throw to the opposing groups of horsemen.
Although this tradition may seem to be full of violence, yet Pasola is about maintaining peace, not hostility. This war games are thought by some to have been invented as a sort of dispute settlement mechanism -a bellum pacificum or peaceful war through games.
Once better known as the Sandalwood Island, Sumba, in the province of East Nusatenggara, – adjoining the islands of Komodo and Flores, – Sumba Island is also known worldwide as a surfer’s paradise. The large rolling Sumba barrels usually appear between May through October when waves can be either very high and strong or very flat as breaks are directly exposed to wide open ocean swells.
Although as yet less known on the tourist map, surprisingly, the island of Sumba has a number of luxurious, well frequented resorts. The Nihiwatu Resort, for example, describes itself as “the ultimate in privacy, exclusivity, views and romance”. It is also recognized as the World’s Top Private Hotel . Additionally there is the Sumba Nautil Resort both in the south west of Sumba, another favorite with surfers.
Arrive at Tambolaka Airport. From here, we will go to Lamboya, Tanjung Karoso and Perro Beach
After breakfast we will going to Wanokaka and Marosi Beach the continue to Lapopu Waterfall and Sumba traditional villages before end of the day.
*Meals: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner (B, L, D)
After breakfast we will be heading to a Festival Pasola Ratenggaro, a horseback fighting ritual played by the Western Sumbanese to celebrate the rice planting season. Then, head to to crystal clear Weekuri Lake. Spending times relaxing or swimming and finallyenjoy the sunset at Mandorak Beach.
*Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, & Dinner (B, L, D)
After breakfast, we will be heading to east Sumbwa which will takes about 3-4 hours journey. Stop by at Warinding Hill and Walakiri Beach before the sunset
*Meals: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner (B, L, D)
After breakfast, get ready to check out. We will go to Rende Traditional Village to see the Megalitikum graveyard of the Kings of Sumba East. Drop off at Waingapu airport, tour ends
*Meals: Breakfast (B)
• 4 Nights Accommodation
4 Nights accomodation in Sumba with AC
• Land Transportation
• Pasola Festival
• Meals as stated in the itinerary
11 Meals (B,L,D) – see itinerary for details
• All permits, entry fees and activities stated in the itinerary
• Guide and/or Tour Leader
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