Alas Kedaton tourist attraction will hold cultural event named the Ngerebeg Pajegan Buah or literally fruit arrangement parade on the celebration of Tumpek Kandang falling on Saturday (Nov. 26). The ritual is intended for the animals living the forest of the destination, such as monkeys, flying fox and other animals. “This Tumpek Kandang ritual serves
Alas Kedaton tourist attraction will hold cultural event named the Ngerebeg Pajegan Buah or literally fruit arrangement parade on the celebration of Tumpek Kandang falling on Saturday (Nov. 26). The ritual is intended for the animals living the forest of the destination, such as monkeys, flying fox and other animals.
“This Tumpek Kandang ritual serves as a celebration of love depicting the human relationship to nature so that we can live in harmony,” said Operations Manager of Alas Kedaton tourist attraction, I Gusti Bagus Suryawan.
In addition to the undertaking Tumpek Kandang ritual according to local tradition in Bali, Kukuh village as the owner of the Alas Kedaton tourist attraction will also parade fruit arrangement of a larger size.
It will have the height of 2.5 meters filled in with various types of local fruits. It is different from previous years using mixed fruits (local and imported ones). In addition to fruits, the pajegan will also be decorated with local vegetables, and enlivened with small pajegan made by merchants at Alas Kedaton.
“This ritual is meant to allow the existing monkeys at the object to scramble for fruits. For that purpose, people make fruit arrangement so as to be enjoyed by the dwellers of Alas Kedaton forest. It means to return to nature. The regular pajegan usually contains assorted Balinese cakes,” he explained.
Suryawan realized that it needs more intensive promotion supported by various cultural activities to introduce the objects relying on local animals and plants. It is not done by holding cultural shows on stage, but through the events related to Hindu holidays. For example, coinciding with the anniversary of the Dalem Khayangan Kedaton was held ngerebeg activities. “This pajegan procession received a positive response from local community. Thus, there is an idea to continue and make it a permanent event every six months (210 days),” he said.
Suryawan did not dismiss if this event also serves as a form of promotion to increase tourist visits to Alas Kedaton. This activity is an expression of gratitude because local community can still preserve nature that can generate revenue for Kukuh community operating the tourist attraction.
“Honestly, tourist arrival this year has increased by 20 percent in the same period as the previous year. They mostly come from Europe and Asia. Within the past ten months, the object has been visited by Chinese market, and has even a fixed schedule every Monday and Thursday,” added Suryawan. (BTN/bud)1 comment