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Pasola War Festival 2022

Pasola, Sumba island
Sumba Destination, Indonesia
4 Day
10
USD445.00

Pasola War Festival - Sumba island

Pasola War Festival 2022-Lamboya - Sumba island, The Pasola Festival is an original war ritual for giving thanks to the ancestral spirits.
February - March

USD445.00
per adult

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Pasola War Festival 2020, Sumba island

The Pasola Festival is an original war ritual for giving thanks to the ancestral spirits in the region of West Sumba, East Nusa Tenggara. Therefore, two groups of 50 men each, mostly from the upper and the lower village, are fighting each other while riding horses and throwing their wooden spears toward the opponent. The initiating prayer is lead by the Rato, a traditional priest, and after he throws his spear symbolically between the groups, the “war-game” immediately starts. The selected proud sumbanese men and also their horses are wearing traditional and colorful clothes during this ceremony.

The word Pasola derives from the word Sola or Hola, which means a kind of a long wooden stick used as a spear. The sumbanese people believe that the festival creates a balance between material and spiritual needs in order to live happily on earth and in heaven. It contains also a sacrificial thought so that a certain bloodshed is considered to be essential. Pasola is usually the climax of a whole series of activities to celebrate the feast nyale. Pasola is believed to be the order of the ancestral population of adherent Marapu and expresses the essence of religion.

The festival is held every year in February and  March in Kodi, Wanukaka and  Lamboya area, West Sumba island, unfortunately the exact date is not predictable, because it is decided by the Rato and announced only  one month  before.

25  March 2022 : Wai Ha – Kodi Area
26  March : Wainyapu – Kodi Area

Duration : 3 Days/2 Nights
Price per person: USD 445,
Based on an individual private tour, min. 2 people in double or twin room

24 March: Day 1: Denpasar – Tambulaka –  City tour (-/L/D)

Flight from Denpasar to Tambulaka by  NAM  or Wings air. On arrival at the Airport of Tambulaka our guide picks you up and takes you to a local restaurant for Lunch, after lunch  check in at Sinar Tambulaka Hotel. After checking in, visit the Sumba Museum  and the traditional villages of Bondu kapumbu. It is a great occasion to see the stone graves and traditional houses of Sumbanese. Then  drive to Lendungara hills to enjoy the fantastic view and down to Mananga aba beach to see the sunset ,  afternoon return to hotel for  Dinner and overnight at Hotel at Sinar Tambolaka.

25 March: Day.02. Hotel –  Kodi and Pasola Tour    ( BLD )

After breakfast at the hotel , drive to Wai Ha village in Kodi area, experience and witness this Pasola festival till noon,  lunch  box provided , in the afternoon visit  Ratenggaro Village and Waikury lagoon before returning to the Hotel  for  Dinner and overnight at Hotel at Sinar Tambolaka.

26 March: Day 3: Tambolaka – Denpasar ( B )
After Breakfast at your hotel, Transfer to Tambolaka airport to catch flight for your next destination

Price includes:

  • Accommodation at Sinar Tambolaka  with meals (B/L/D)
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  • English speaking guide
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  • Air-conditioned car during tours and transfers,
  • Entrance fee, Donation, drink 
water

Price does not include:

  • Domestic flights
  • Travel 
Insurance,
  • Drinks,
  • Personal expenses and Tipping

Flights recommendation:
Denpasar – Tambolaka by NAM Air, IN 280. 09.00 – 10.00  or Lion/Wings air, IW1832 – 10.45 -12.15
Tambolaka – Denpasar by NAM Air, IN 281. 16.00 – 17.00  or Lion/Wings air, IW1833 – 12.35 -13.55

During the Pasola festival, the temperature is very hot, We advise you to bring a hat and Sunscreen with you.

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Pasola festival 2022

Kodi,Sumba island