Bima Regency Anniversary

Travel Guide Lesser Sunda Islands Sumbawa Bima Regency Anniversary

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Introduction

On the 5th of July Bima regency celebrates its anniversary with official ceremonies. On that date in AD 1640 the Hindu king of Bima is believed to have embraced Islam. During the days around July 5th other events take place, in which a large part of the population participates.

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Opening Hours

A week long, various activities in the morning and in the afternoon.

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Cost

Free.

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Sights and Activities

Drum band

Drum band

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  • Official Ceremony - The official ceremony involves a lot of parading, by a drumband, the military and government employees, watched by leading citizens and guests seated under a canopy. The bupati and his ministers wear traditional Bima attire. As a foreign tourist one will be put in front row. There is a free box of local snacks and a cup of water for everyone.
  • Community Walk - In the community walk, or Jalan Santai, mainly government employees take part, but anyone can join. The venue is at the airport where one gets a lottery ticket for the drawing of so-called ‘door prizes’ at the destination. It takes a good hour at a leisurely pace along the main road bordering Bima Bay to the Kalaki Park. Free refreshments are available there. The drawing lasts longer than the walk, prizes ranging from towels to a laptop, cross-bikes and motorbikes.
  • Cultural Parade - Every year a different village of Bima regency hosts the parade. Any group or individual who feels like it, may take part, preferably dressed up for the occasion. Groups with banners and drum bands from schools, organizations and government offices alternate with villagers in allegorical outfit: farmers, fishermen, housewives. Some come on horseback or in the local horse cart benhur, but most walk the route from one end of the village to the other.
'Benhur' horse cart

'Benhur' horse cart

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  • Horse parade - Horses are the pride of Bima. At least 500 horse-riders and several benhur (horse carts) participate in the parade, all dressed up and decorated for the occasion. The usual route is one kilometre from the stadium Mangge Mace along Jalan Soekarno Hatto towards Merdeka Square. Halfway a canopy is erected for the regent (bupati) and other important people. While awaiting the advent of the horses, a women’s group performs a dance and men give a demonstration of stick-fighting. All horsemen ride bareback. After arrival on Merdeka Square there is traditional music and a demonstration of traditional wrestling. A jury chooses winners from the horses and horse carts.
  • Horse fair - A fair of local products, most of them related to horses. But also the traditional woven cloth of Bima is for sale. There is a horse photography contest and one can buy ‘horsy’ souvenirs. And one can taste a sip of horse milk freshly milked from a mare. Snacks and a free meal with horse meat are handed out to adults. Poor children feast on the leftovers.
Horses racing

Horses racing

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Horse racing - Several days after the 5th of July are devoted to horse-racing at the Panda circuit, ten kilometres south of town. Participants come from all over Sumbawa, but also from Sumba and other islands. The jockeys are boys aged eight or less and ride bareback. The horses run five by five. And of course, betting is an essential part of the fun.

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