Bau Nyale Festival (Day 2 in Lombok)

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Part of the reason we came to Kute, Lombok was because of it’s seclusion!  Tourists are just barely starting to come here and there are only a few hotels in the area.  But…. we happened to be here on one of the busiest weekends of the year, for the Bau Nyale Festival.  What seemed like a little bit of a bummer turned into a really awesome cultural experience!  We jung out here, at Full Moon Cafe, for the parade to come through town.

Part of the reason we came to Kute, Lombok was because of it’s seclusion!  Tourists are just barely starting to come here and there are only a few hotels in the area.  But…. we happened to be here on one of the busiest weekends of the year, for the Bau Nyale Festival.  What seemed like a little bit of a bummer turned into a really awesome cultural experience!  We jung out here, at Full Moon Cafe, for the parade to come through town. These two guys work there and said, “Chelsey, take our picture” then gave the cool guy look
These guys did the same thing!  
How awesome are these two?  The island is almost completely Muslim, and yes, the Muslim prayers are broadcasted over LOUD SPEAKERS 5 times a day!  Intense, I tell you!  Our homestay host actually gave us ear plugs as part of their welcome package!  LOL
The parade was awesome! As legend has it, Princess Mandalika, who was stunningly gorgeous was the talk of the island.  Princes’s were fighting over her and distressed her, so she jumped off a cliff to bring peace back to her land.  At this time of year, every year, at Kute Beach, the locals believe the princess comes to visit them in the form or little, colorful worms. They believe it’s strands of her hair and they fill the beach around 4am, to gather the worms and bringing them home to fry and eat.  Ugh!  The people here think that the more worms they catch, the better their harvest will be.  So, the parade is made up of different groups from around the island. Each group is dressed in traditional Indonesian garb and a princess is carried along the entire 1 km parade route!
 “Happy Bae Nyale” from Indonesia!


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