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Tabuik Ceremony, West Sumatera

1 December 2010 1,343 views No Comment

Derived from the Arabic word ‘tabut‘ that means parading, Tabuik ceremony is a hereditary tradition on the west coast, West Sumatera. The ceremony is held at the Asura day that falls on the 10th of Muharram in the Islamic calendar. On the selected day, since 6:00 AM, all participants and completeness of the ceremony are gathering in the town square. Government officials also participated in this most colossal ceremony in West Sumatera.

One Tabuik is lifted by the bearers which are up to 40 people. Behind Tabuik, the groups of people in traditional dress carrying a variety of percussion instruments also fill the lines. Once in a while the cortege stops and dozens of people show Minang’s typical martial arts accompanied by the sounds of the traditional instruments. As the sun sets, the procession came to an end. Both Tabuik are brought to the shore and then floated out to the open sea. This is done because there is a myth that says that the disposal of Tabuik into the sea also means the disposal of bad luck. In addition, this moment is also believed to be the time that Buraq fly to the sky, carrying along the pageants.

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