Seren Taun Guru Bumi, an offering-to-the-earth ceremony held annually in Sindangbarang, a traditional kampung in Pasir Eurih village, Tamansari district, Bogor, West Java, has become a prime tourism attraction in the province.
Various rituals and art performances are presented during the ceremony, which aims to preserve the customs and traditions of the Pakuan Pajajaran kingdom. It is believed that the capital of the kingdom was located in the current city of Bogor.
Sindangbarang traditional kampung head Achmad Mikami Sumawijaya explained that this year’s Seren Taun Guru Bumi ceremony was held from Oct.18 to Oct.26. The ceremony was named the Sindangbarang Cultural Festival in the hope that more tourists would visit and enjoy the richness of culture in the traditional kampung in the upcoming year.
Many foreign tourists, from places such as Japan, Europe and the US, have explored the natural richness of the Sindangbarang traditional kampung and its plurality and values. Schoolchildren and university students from Bogor and across West Java have used Sindangbarang as a cultural laboratory where they can dig deeper into the culture and traditions of the Pakuan Pajajaran kingdom. (ebf)