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Seren Taun, lively festival preserves culture of Pakuan Pajajaran kingdom

  • Two community leaders, locally known as kokolot, take water from a spring in the Sindangbarang traditional kampung, Tamansari district, Bogor, during the Seren Taun Guru Bumi ceremony. JP/Theresia Sufa

    Two community leaders, locally known as kokolot, take water from a spring in the Sindangbarang traditional kampung, Tamansari district, Bogor, during the Seren Taun Guru Bumi ceremony. JP/Theresia Sufa

  • Visitors can enjoy two traditional dishes, called bubur Asyura [Asyura porridge] and nasi ketan [sticky white rice], during the Seren Taun Guru Bumi ceremony. Residents of the Sindangbarang traditional kampung make the traditional dishes only during Muharram, during which the ceremony is usually held. JP/Theresia Sufa

    Visitors can enjoy two traditional dishes, called bubur Asyura [Asyura porridge] and nasi ketan [sticky white rice], during the Seren Taun Guru Bumi ceremony. Residents of the Sindangbarang traditional kampung make the traditional dishes only during Muharram, during which the ceremony is usually held. JP/Theresia Sufa

  • Sindangbarang community leaders and residents pray together before they eat various foods served in the Sedekah Kue [cake offering] ceremony. Everyone brings food from their homes and they eat it together in the ceremony. JP/ Theresia Sufa

    Sindangbarang community leaders and residents pray together before they eat various foods served in the Sedekah Kue [cake offering] ceremony. Everyone brings food from their homes and they eat it together in the ceremony. JP/ Theresia Sufa

  • School students who are still in their Pramuka [Indonesian Scout Movement] uniforms collect Asyura porridge leftover. JP/ Theresia Sufa

    School students who are still in their Pramuka [Indonesian Scout Movement] uniforms collect Asyura porridge leftover. JP/ Theresia Sufa

  • A Sindangbarang community leader, known as a kokolot, places offerings in front of a leuit [rice barn]. JP/ Theresia Sufa

    A Sindangbarang community leader, known as a kokolot, places offerings in front of a leuit [rice barn]. JP/ Theresia Sufa

  • Farmers carry harvested rice sheaves to their rice barn. JP/ Theresia Sufa

    Farmers carry harvested rice sheaves to their rice barn. JP/ Theresia Sufa

  • Sindangbarang girls carry water stored in bamboo. They collect it from seven springs and later place it in a large container. Religious leaders will bless the water in the hope it can bring good fortune for the people of the village. JP/Theresia Sufa

    Sindangbarang girls carry water stored in bamboo. They collect it from seven springs and later place it in a large container. Religious leaders will bless the water in the hope it can bring good fortune for the people of the village. JP/Theresia Sufa

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