Anggertimur Lanang Tinarbuko
Gunungkidul is a regency in Yogyakarta, infamous for its dry and barren landscape as most of its area consists of karst. In the northeast of Gunungkidul, there is a protected customary forest called the Wonosadi forest, located in Beji village, Ngawen district.
Once a year on a Monday, villagers take food to the forest so that they can eat together there.
One of the elders will bless the food carried by the villagers. The food is wrapped in teak and banana leaves, including tumpeng (cone-shaped rice), whole chicken, noodles, tofu, tempeh and crackers.
The tradition expresses gratitude to Mother Earth for a good harvest.
After walking for 500 meters to Wonosadi forest, villagers will collect their harvest and food and bless it, before eating together. The blessing is accompanied by the rinding gumbeng (a traditional musical instrument made of bamboo).
The event ends with a rush to collect the harvest. [yan]