Unique, Magoak-goakan Tradition in Kintamani

Unique, Magoak-goakan Tradition in Kintamani

Kintamani customary village held magoak-goakan tradition on Thursday (Mar. 23). The tradition was attended by approximately 4,000 people ranging from children, adolescents, adults to the elderly. The tradition was organized in a series of Nyepi Desa at the local customary village. From the morning, thousands of people putting on middle traditional attires have thronged the

Kintamani customary village held magoak-goakan tradition on Thursday (Mar. 23). The tradition was attended by approximately 4,000 people ranging from children, adolescents, adults to the elderly. The tradition was organized in a series of Nyepi Desa at the local customary village. From the morning, thousands of people putting on middle traditional attires have thronged the village square or sacred land to implement magoak-goakan tradition.

Not infrequently, the participants should turn upside down due to the sloping arena. In addition, a number of participants, especially women, were crushed by the other participants. Nevertheless, it did not reduce the enthusiasm of residents to follow the tradition.

Amid the activities, chief of Kintamani customary village, Nyoman Sukadia, said that magoak-goakan tradition has been started at 8:00 until midnight. This activity is routinely held every year considering this tradition is the legacy of ancestors that must continue to be preserved.

“The magoak-goakan tradition has something to do with religious ceremonies of Nyepi Desa of Kintamani village. This event has been organized since the full moon of Balinese ninth month (Mar. 12) and the ceremony ended at 00:00 on Wednesday,” he said.

Sukadia explained that the magoak-goakan tradition aims to more establish relationship among the residents of Kintamani customary village. Moreover, this tradition is intended for preservation of the natural environment and wildlife. The ceremony takes place on the full moon of the Balinese ninth month and during which is also held Jagra and Miasa.

“From there, we’ve been required to preserve and honor our fellow beings. At that time, we should not slaughter chicken nor sell it. In addition, residents are not allowed to speech words that may offend others and may not do negative things. They may only be allowed to do positive things,” he explained.

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He disclosed that when the magoak-goakan tradition was held, all Kintamani customary villagers were dissolved together in joy. They should not conduct any activities like work. “So, for today (Thursday—Ed), residents absolutely do no activities, but focus on following this activity so that they all can have fun in this tradition,” he said.

After magoak-goakan activities, it was resumed with the search for firewood. Residents are required to find a dead tree or dried tree branches without carrying tools such as axes and so forth. They should not cut down trees that are still alive.

“Meanwhile, the day after tomorrow (Saturday—Ed) is the preservation that has something to do with land and the earth. All residents should not dig because it is the nature conservation and preservation. Essentially what has become a tradition should be followed by all residents of Kintamani,” said Sukadia. (BTN/kmb)

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