Unique Tradition to Make Durian Bear Dense Fruits at Sidatapa

Unique Tradition to Make Durian Bear Dense Fruits at Sidatapa

Bali is unique. At this time, it is something to do with fruits. The potential of local fruit farming in Buleleng has been recognized for a long time. A number of villages in Buleleng produce various fruits, one of them is durian. Sidatapa village, Banjar subdistrict, is one of the richest villages with local durian

Bali is unique. At this time, it is something to do with fruits. The potential of local fruit farming in Buleleng has been recognized for a long time. A number of villages in Buleleng produce various fruits, one of them is durian. Sidatapa village, Banjar subdistrict, is one of the richest villages with local durian production. In durian season like it is today, the production is abundant.

Behind the abundance of durian production, the residents of Sidatapa village continue to preserve their unique rituals every harvest season. Residents offer durian through a yadnya or ritual known as ngaturan buah or presenting fruits. “This tradition is held on Sunday (Jan. 21) and continued on Wednesday (Jan. 24). Hundreds of people came to Bale Agung Temple. Each brought three durians. Women carried the durian by placing it in the bamboo basket, while the men took it by using a kisah (a kind of woven basket) made of coconut leaves.

As noted, there are 835 families participating in the ritual. Each family head shall present at least three pieces of durian. So, there are totally at least 2,505 pieces of durian. Inevitably, this activity is similar to durian festival because the durians collected finally fill the temple area.

Secretary of Sidatapa customary village, Banjar, Made Parma, this tradition has been going on for generations. Possibly, it has existed since 735 Çaka or around 767 AD. There is no written evidence to corroborate this ritual. The ritual itself is a form of thanksgiving to God’s blessing that nourishes plants and gives results to people’s prosperity.

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“With this ceremony, our durians are expected to bear fruit densely in the future. After the ceremony at Bale Agung Temple, it is followed with ceremony in the garden and at home. People can also hold the ceremony as a form of gratitude in their home yard as long as it has been started from the Bale Agung Temple first,” he said.

According to Parma, there is no specific time or date to organize this ritual. By and large, the ceremony is held when there are indications if the harvest season comes. Having got the indications, village coordinator announces to all residents to carry out the ceremony of presenting fruits. In appropriate local tradition, presenting fruit ceremony will usually be organized for three days.

On the first day, the people must bring three pieces of durian. If happening to have other fruits, they are allowed to collect them to the temple. People having mangosteen will commonly carry at least three kilograms. Meanwhile, those having rambutan will bring minimally three bunches of it.

On the second day, people are required to bring two pieces of durian. Ultimately, on the third day they are only needed to bring one durian. People are well aware of the rituals, so that if they do not have fruit, they will buy to their neighbors. “People really do not dare to violate and they understand very well that if by chance in the garden there is no fruit, they can buy or even ask to their relatives or neighbors,” he explained.

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Meanwhile, one of the villagers of Sidatapa, I Wayan Ariawan, said the ritual that cannot be found in other areas is worth developing as a tourist attraction. To that end, he tried to pioneer how each of these durian ritual offerings can be made into festival event. In addition to preserving, visitors will be able to enjoy the durian produced by local farmers, so that it will have an impact on more profits for local people from the sales durian than usual. (BTN/kmb).



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