The Jakarta Post
In this May. 24, 2015 picture, two Indonesian folk dancers are dancing in the coastline of Merah Beach in Banyuwangi regency, East Java. (Shutterstock.com/Yavuz Sariyildiz)
While promoting #MudikPenuhPesona (Wonderful Exodus) campaign during Idul Fitri holiday, tourism minister Arief Yahya attended Barong Ider Bumi parade that was held on Monday, June 26 in Kemiren Tourist Village, Banyuwangi.
In the event, the minister along with Banyuwangi regent Azwar Anas took part in the dove release ceremony and coin-tossing as a symbol for prosperity.
Barong Ider is a unique traditional ritual that’s only performed by the people of Kemiren village. The ritual is always held on 2 Syawal or the second day of Idul Fitri.
“Barong Ider Bumi Kemiren is a traditional ceremony that was first performed by the ancestors of Using Kemiren tribe, the purpose of this ritual is to act as tolak bala (to drive evil spirit away)” explained Banyuwangi tourism department head MY Bramuda. The ritual is performed by the Barong as the leader of the entourage, going around the village while spreading Utik-utik (a mixture of yellow rice and coin).
On this occasion, minister Arief Yahya also made a donation for the orphans around Kemiren village and donated a set of barong costume and gamelan musical instruments. (asw)
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