Emed-emedan Tradition, Maintain Togetherness and Kinship

Emed-emedan Tradition, Maintain Togetherness and Kinship

As an expression of gratitude that people have implemented tapa bratha penyepian or penance, the day after Nyepi known as Ngembak Geni was filled with Majelangu Market by Tuban customary village on Wednesday (Mar. 29). Located along the highway of Tuban, the Majelangu Market was also filled with various activities, booth of merchants and implementation

As an expression of gratitude that people have implemented tapa bratha penyepian or penance, the day after Nyepi known as Ngembak Geni was filled with Majelangu Market by Tuban customary village on Wednesday (Mar. 29). Located along the highway of Tuban, the Majelangu Market was also filled with various activities, booth of merchants and implementation of emed-emedan tradition.

Deputy Chief of Tuban customary village, in charge of Pawongan or social affairs, Ketut Lenen, said that on entering the third year, the Majelangu Market is held as a form of open house (simakrama) between residents around the neighborhood of Tuban village. Most booths of merchant were filled by residents in the neighborhood of Tuban customary village. A total of approximately 90 booths enlivened this annual event.

Related to the tradition of emed-emedan, said Lenen, in the past this activity was held in front of the village temple of Tuban under the banyan tree by using aerial roots of the banyan tree. Today, the emed-emedan tradition uses a rope as the means. “This tradition was usually held right on Nyepi Day. However, this time Nyepi has gone worldwide, so that in honor of the Nyepi celebration, the emed-emedan tradition is moved to Ngembak Geni,” he said.

According to Lenen, the meaning of emed-emedan tradition is to strengthen togetherness and familial relationship as well as to have fun. In the past, participants consisted of young people, but today it is also followed by the housewives coalesced into PKK group. “We hope that in the future this tradition can be more vibrant,” he said. (BTN/kmb)

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