Ya’ Ahowu Nias Festival 2018
16 - 20 November 2018 | 08:00 - Finish
Nias Selatan, SUMATERA UTARA
Organized By : Dinas Pariwisata Nias Selatan
Contact : Dinas Pariwisata Nias Selatan ‑ firstname.lastname@example.org
Once upon a time, every Si'ulu, or Nias tribal chief, took the initiative to gather young men of their village to train for war. The latter aimed for protecting the power and peace of the villagers from attacks of other tribes.
Stone-jumping (Hombo Batu) was the first training that young Nias men must undergo. For those who could jump over a pile of stones as high as 2 meters and were able to use war equipment, they then were considered deserving of being a warrior.
The war has nowadays turned into an attraction that is rich in culture. The Fataele dance comes as a reflection of the war story in Nias. By carrying shield (Baluse), sword (Gari), and spear (Toho) like what knights do, the dancers dance very dynamically with their foot-stomps which then are followed by a typical Nias music and the dancers' voice as an expressioin of agility and heroism.
In November, Nias cultural heritage can be seen at the Ya'ahowu Nias Festival. In addition to featuring Hombo Batu and Fataele Dance, Ya’ahouwu Nias Parade will also take place in this festival that has been held five times. This series of parades include cultural parade around the city by decorated vehicles accompanied by marching bands and contingent performances with clothing from their respective regions.
Posted on 6 November 2018