Festival ke Uma, Children Play Traditional Games

Festival ke Uma, Children Play Traditional Games

Hundreds of children played so cheerfully, shouted and even clapped their friends to encourage. Not afraid of being muddy, exposed to rain and sunlight, they were always happy and laughing so happily. It is the atmosphere of the Festival ke Uma held for two days (Jun. 24-25) at Subak Uma Ole, Ole, Marga Dauh Puri

Hundreds of children played so cheerfully, shouted and even clapped their friends to encourage. Not afraid of being muddy, exposed to rain and sunlight, they were always happy and laughing so happily. It is the atmosphere of the Festival ke Uma held for two days (Jun. 24-25) at Subak Uma Ole, Ole, Marga Dauh Puri village, Marga, Tabanan.

They initially did not know each other, but after joining the game, they came into intimate atmosphere, happiness and full of togetherness. Space and time seem to have no limit to perform activities. Nature and environment of paddies are very friendly providing various tools and means for them to play. Children did not only entertain by seeing the festival alone, but were also given the opportunity to participate.

Everything served on the show is not to be watched, but to be enjoyed together. The children, are mostly from Ole hamlet, coalesced into Buratwangi Studio and Wintang Rare Studio, those from other areas such as Geluntung village, Kukuh and Penebel (Tabanan), Mengwi (Badung), Denpasar, Karangasem and Buleleng. “We designed a participative festival, where visitors can participate in the activity not just serve as spectator,” said the Coordinator, I Putu Edi Novalia Artha.

Festival ke Uma presents various types of traditional games divided into two categories namely exhibition and competition. The exhibition shows megandu, medempul, mapoh-pohan, kancing lait, obek-obek uang, colek-colek tain belek, tangklak-tingklik and gala-gala. The kinds of game contested include metimbang, nyuun sigih, matulupan, paid upih and megandong di nyanyad (mud).

The second day was flushed by rain, but no children complained and protested against nature, no one thought about the rain-stopper or the cloud-breaking laser beam. Players of the show looked like farmers, receiving abundant water and sunshine with gratitude. The children faithfully waited for the rain to stop. When the rain subsided, they returned to play happily even though the paddy fields that had previously been dried as the arena had really been back like paddy fields.

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In addition to traditional games, it was also filled with yoga workshop by IGS Raka Panji Tisna, herbal medicine workshop by Bagus Arya (Padma Herbal) and workshop of making kites from Buratwangi art studio. The workshop involved the community from children to adults. “This festival also has a vision to invite children and society to cultivate a clean and healthy life by reducing the use of materials from plastic,” said Putu Edi.

In the evening, the Festival ke Uma was also enlivened with the art performance such as Monolog by Putu Satria, musicalization by Mahima Community, Tantric Tales by Bumi Bajra Sandhi, Monolog of Cupak Gerantang by a student of the ISI Denpasar, Kambing Takutin Macan art and music by Jalan Air Community. (BTN/015)



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