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The Best Time to Visit Sulawesi : Interesting Events You Should See

by Yoga Adi

Moving to the next article, we want to give you some more information about Sulawesi. This special island of Indonesia has a lot of things you could’ve ever imagine, including the best National Parks in North Sulawesi, the beautiful natural places, and also the spectacular locations that always mentioned as the best places on Earth.

An example of this category is the best beaches in Sulawesi, with all those good things you can find in them. Sulawesi is also known as a festive island. During this year alone, there will be so many festivals that seem hard to miss. Sadly though, many people didn’t know about this and just missed them entirely. That’s why we here want to give you the info about the best time to visit Sulawesi for the festivals available for this year. Let’s go with it.

1 – During Bunaken Festival 2019

Maybe the reason that should be included as one of the reasons why you should visit Sulawesi is to visit Bunaken Festival. This year, they bring the theme, Pesona Bunaken (Bunaken beauty), showing the interesting points of Bunaken with a lot of activities to do, including the traditional culture and boat racing

The Reason: Promote Bunaken via interesting activities like boat race, traditional music, and so on.

When Is It?: 26-27 July 2019

Most Suitable for: All Tourists in General

What You Can Do: Join in the race and enjoying the culture of Sulawesi

Additional Tips: Make sure you come early to be able to see the venue better

2 – Makassar Traditional Games

Next one in the best time to visit Sulawesi is to see the Makassar Traditional Games. These games are not the ones you can find in Olympics. That’s why you can say that this is an exclusive, to see the traditional sports of Sulawesi such as Maccuke Accangke, Bulang-bulang, Padende that usualy held in Makassar city.

The Reason: To unite people of Makassar in a cheerful event

When Is It?: 26-27 October 2019

Most Suitable for: Tourists who love in sports and photographers

What You Can Do: Witness or even play those games

Additional Tips: Make sure to come a day before the even actually happens

3 – Marimpa Salo Festival

Marima Salo festival is an anuak event that held in the South Sulawesi province. The festical will always be crowded because people can also join in the festival, especially when it’s time for catching the fishes.

The Reason: To show gratitude for the rich fish harvest

When Is It?: 10 October 2019

Most Suitable for: People who love culture, and backpackers

What You Can Do: Join in the ceremony of fish catching, and watching the procession from afar

Additional Tips: As a foreigner, it’s better to witness the procession only, until given permission from the local community

4 – Takabonerate Festival

For anyone who interested to learn about the culture of Sulawesi, then they should note their calendar from 22 October to 28 October when people will held a festival called Takabonerate. It’s a cultural festival with many interesting things you can do.

The Reason: To unite people of Sulawesi in a cultural procession

When Is It?: 22-28 October 2019

Most Suitable for: People who love doing new things and in love for learning culture

What You Can Do: Playing with the small sharks and play the traditional games

Additional Tips: The sharks are tame so don’t worry about them

5 – Toraja Culture Festival

As one of the things to do in Indonesia in October, the Toraja Culture Festival is always becoming a popular event of the year. During the festival, you will be given many cultural forms of Toraja like traditional dances, songs, and many more.

The Reason: to maintain the great culture of Toraja

When Is It?: 5-8 July 2019

Most Suitable for: People who interested in the culture of Toraja

What You Can Do: Seeing many interesting things from the people of Toraja

Additional Tips: Capturing pictures is totally okay. So don’t forget to bring a camera

6 – Toraja International Marathon

If doing a marathon in the city with a view of buildings and towers is too usual for you, then consider to join in the Toraja International Marathon event in October this year. Doing a marathon with a view of natural scenery is the best thing.

The Reason: To unite the local community to the tourists

When Is It?: October 2019

Most Suitable for: People who love to do marathon, runners

What You Can Do: Join in the event

Additional Tips: You should check their official website for the information abot registration and things you can expect

7 – A’Jarang Festival

Next one in the best time to visit Sulawesi is to see A’Jarang Festival. The festival is full of culinary and culture.

The Reason: To introduce the world of culinary and culture fo Sulawesi

When Is It?: December 2019 (Date is unknown)

Most Suitable for: All tourists in general

What You Can Do: Trying some traditional meals, watching the festival

Additional Tips: Make sure to taste them all while you there

8 – Kalumpang Ceremony

Kalumpang Ceremony can also be included inside the best things to do in Sulawesi Indonesia where you can see the full traditional procession of dancing, music, and others.

The Reason: celebrate the end of the year

When Is It?: December 2019

Most Suitable for: Tourists who interested in history and culture

What You Can Do: Witnessing the traditional culture of Kalumpang

Additional Tips: A camera is a must to bring

9 – Lovely December Festival

Even though it has the word “Love” in it, doesn’t mean that it’s an event specially made for the couples. Instead, the Lovely December can be included in the best time to visit Sulawesi because it’s actually a big event filled with rich culture of Sulawesi plus the fireworks party at the end.

The Reason: to promote the culture of Toraja

When Is It?: Around 10 December 2019

Most Suitable for: People who want to know about Toraja Culture

What You Can Do: Following the festival from start to end, enjoying the traditional meals in the process

Additional Tips: Follow the festival from start to end, it’ll be worth it

10 – Lappa Laona Festival

There’s an attraction located in Sulawesi called Lappa Laona. This one is considered pretty new than the others. Sometimes, there’s a special event held on the location.

The Reason: To promote Lappa Laona attraction

When Is It?: In the end of December 2019

Most Suitable for: People who love music, especially traditional music

What You Can Do: Listening to the traditional music, taking some pictures of traditional instruments

Additional Tips: Sometimes you can also try those instruments too, make sure to not waste the chance

11 – Lampoa Cikoang

One of many old traditions in the land of Sulawesi is Lampoa Cikoang. People will decorate the shops with woven cloth and put some dairy stuff in it and then sail them to the river.

The Reason: for celebrating the Maulid and showing the love to Prophet Muhammad SAW

When Is It?: Around December 2019

Most Suitable for: All tourists in general, especially muslims

What You Can Do: Seeing the special procession of Lampoa Cikoang that held once a year

Additional Tips: You can take pictures from the higher lands around the location.

One National Festival in Sulawesi

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OvlAhqzaXZk

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