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Lombok prepares for ‘Bau Nyale’ sea worm festival

  • Panca Nugraha

    The Jakarta Post

Lombok Tengah   /   Thu, February 7 2013   /  09:50 am

The Central Lombok regency administration in West Nusa Tenggara (NTB) is gearing up for the Bau Nyale Festival, a folk celebration that celebrates the annual appearance of nyale sea worms at Seger Beach in Kuta village, Pujut district.

“We have prepared a series of events and the supporting infrastructure [has been put in place] at the location. This year the Bau Nyale Festival, held on March 3 and 4, is expected to draw more than 50,000 people,” Central Lombok Tourism Office head Lalu Putria told The Jakarta Post recently.

For the people of Lombok, the Bau Nyale Festival is an age-old tradition that is closely related to the legend of Princess Mandalika.

According to legend, Tunjung Beru kingdom’s Princess Mandalika was a very beautiful woman. Her father, King Seg held a contest for men to fight over his daughter for her hand in marriage.

“Mandalika w...