Sumba to host 1001 Sandalwood Horses Parade in July
The Jakarta Post
Sumba in East Nusa Tenggara (NTT) is set to host a procession of ponies, dubbed the 1001 Sandalwood Horses Parade, in July.
“These 1001 ponies will compete in the parade, which will also feature the Tenun Ikat [woven fabric] Festival. We are planning to create an international label for Sandalwood ponies that only live in Sumba,” said NTT Tourism and Creative Economy Agency head Marius Ardu Jelamu.
The ponies will be adorned with various accessories, while jockeys are required to wear traditional outfits. The committee will also provide horses for visitors who want a tour of tourist destinations in Sumba.
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The parade is slated for July 3-4 in Waingapu, the capital city of East Sumba regency. It will later be held in Anakalang Waibakul in Central Sumba, Waikabubak in West Sumba, and Tambolaka in Southwest Sumba. The latter will also host the Tenun Ikat Festival.
“The Tenun Ikat Festival will be free and feature fashion shows by four regencies and a colossal traditional dance performance,” said West Sumba Tourism Agency head Saba Kodi Poro. (kes)
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