Cap Go Meh Carnival


        Cap Go Meh is the most important festival in Singkawang, this festival recently become one of international event, the festival held to celebrate Chinese New Year and held between January or February depending on Chinese calender. Every times when the festival held, the entire of city will look very festive, entire city will be covered by red color, lampions, banner, Cap Go Meh garnish and another ornament all in red combined with a little yellow. For days before the peak or festival all citizens involved in welcoming this important celebration, no matter what ethnic lines are.

        Cap Go Meh carnival comes from Chinese tradition, this is mainly is a thanksgiving festival, grew from agricultural culture to celebrate the peak of harvest session, closing the old year and welcoming the new year. Cap Go Meh is the peak of Imlek, Imlek as a thanksgiving held 15 days nonstop and closed by a great ceremony named Cap Go Meh. Lampion party is one of the event that you must see, lampion party is only a part of Imlek festival.


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Written by : Win Endriati


Naik Dango

Naik Dango is a traditional ceremony to express gratitude to the god or Jubata for blessing that is given,that is a lot of rice yields. Not only that, the ceremony that is usually done by Dayak Kanayatn people,Landak District, Pontianak District, until Sanggau District, West Borneo are held regularly every year.
Naik Dango ceremony has four main activities. The first is ‘Batutuk’ or activitiy of pounding rice in a mortar to get rice, rice flour (sunguh) or glutinous rice (poe ‘) for the preparation of the ritual of eating together or offerings.Then followed by ‘Matik’ or make a prayer to convey the purpose and intention toJubata that giving blessing for the implementation of Naik Dango.In this ceremony is also presented custom devices namely Tumpi sunguh (white bowsprit), Solekng Poe’(the segment of bamboo that contain glutinous rice ), until Sirih Masak(betel leaf, areca nut that already eaten and rolls cigarettes from palm leaves) .NaikDango has a core of ceremony namely’ Nyangahathn’ or recite prayers and mantras by ‘Panyangahatn’ (traditional leader) to arouse the spirit of the rice, giving thanks to God for the grace that is given that is rice yields until ask forgiveness of sin and mistakes and asking to be given welfare in the next years.

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Nyobeng is a ritual activity of Dayak Bidayuh in Bengkayang has been done hereditarily as a traditional ceremony that is Hliniau traditional ceremony of blessing prosperity, peace, tranquility and many else .The culture of this traditional ceremony is only intended for men while for women is called ‘Nambok’. Both types of this indigenous culture is traditional ceremonies of Baluk and rice.
In doing this blessing is also followed by bathing the skull that an inheritance of their ancestors who had to guard and respect.The psikhis purpose of bathing the skull is people get the blessing and strength because skull that bathed is the result of headhunting (cutting head while doing battle) that occurred at the time of the ancestors.The skull is a skull of an enemy that was the leader or warlord at that time.This event is a picture of soul that owned by Dayak Bidayuh to respect or appreciate the inheritance of their ancestors although the skull is a skull of enemy.

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Antar Ajung

Antar Ajung is the culture of coastal people in Sambas especially for malay when they want to plant rice.It’s usually done in the first of Jumdil or in June.Usually at that month the rainy season begins to come.Another aim is to bring together the growing season. The ritual of Antar Ajung is indeterminate time,the Implementation is based on the agreement of traditional elders. ‘Antar Ajung’ has a meaning ‘send Ajung’. ‘Ajung’ is derived from the word ‘Jung’,it’s the name for the ship with two main sails.The shape looks like a sailing ship of Shanghai in Hong Kong films. The people are difficult to pronounce the word ‘Jung’,so to make the pronouncation easier,they add letter A.Since long time ago, the people of Sambas were already familiar with the ship because Sambas was an international port, once.
Then, what is the purpose of Antar Ajung for Sambas people?
“With the implementation of Antar Ajung,we are protected from the distress,” said Aziz Auli (68) from Pipitteja, Paloh, Sambas.The people hope,with Antar Ajung they are kept away from many kinds of evil spirits, planthoppers and mice.Because of that, evil spirits must be ‘tied’ and brought by Ajung to the sea.They believe that the rice yields will be better because of the implementation of Antar Ajung.

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Robo-Robo celebration (sometimes spelled Robok-Robok) is a tradition of mempawah people indigenous that are not currently known by domestic tourists but also foreign tourists.This celebration is held every Wednesday(rabu) in the last week of Safar according to the calendar of Hijiriah, therefore called ‘Robo-Robo’. This ritual usually begins after midday prayers, and for the people of Mempawah, the month of Safar is considered as a “month of blessing” and it is always looked forward.
Robo-Robo celebration is a flashback of the arrival of Ompu Daeng Menambon arrival from the Kingdom of Matan to the Kingdom of Mempawah which supposedly using 40 Bidar boats. This celebration is important because the arrival Ompu Menambon Daeng became the forerunner of entry and the development of Islam in Mempawah City. The highlight of Islamization took place during a time of transition in the Kingdom of Mempawah that originally Hindus became islamic kingdom.

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