Published on July 18, 2014
Highlighting the spellbinding beauty of the Three Colored Lakes of Mt. Kelimutu in Flores and all the wonders of East Nusatenggara Province, the Lake Kelimutu Festival 2014 will be held from 11th to 14th August 2014, centered at the Moni Village, Ende Regency, on Flores Island.
The festival will feature a variety of art and cultural performances and an exhibition and trade fair that showcases top products and services from all of the regencies in the East Nusatenggara Province. Presented by the office of Tourism and Creative Economy of East Nusa Tenggar Province and fully supported by the Ministry of Tourism and Creative Economy of Indonesia, the event is aimed to further promote the many tourism and creative products of East Nusatenggara.
The official opening ceremony will take place on 11th August 2014, with opening remarks from the Minister of Tourism and Creative Economy, Mari Elka Pangestu, and the Regent of Ende, Marselinus Y. W. Petu. Traditional dances, music, and other art and cultural performances will be staged from 11th to 12th august 2014.
On 13 August 2014, a Trekking Competition will start at Bungalow Sa’o Ria and finish at the top of Kelimutu’s 3 colored lakes.
On 14th August, the festival will honor the ritual tradition of Pati Ka Du’a Bapu Ata Mata of the Lio ethnic group on Flores. The Lio believe that the Kelimutu Crater Lake is the soul’s final resting place, a place where all souls return once the journey of life comes to an end. During the Pati Ka Du’a Bapu Ata Mata the “Lionese” present offerings of various kinds of food for the ancestors, Konde and Ratu. The ritual expresses gratitude for the past year through prayers and asks for blessings, prosperity, health, and good life for the coming year.