‘MEKEPUNG’ Bull races tradition in jembrana west of bali island

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Bali has a wealth of bull races. This racing tradition is a large deal in the town of Jembrana, Negara regency, even taking on the official championships designation as the Governor’s Cup or ‘Piala Bupati’. The festival usually kicks off with various heats around the coastal race tracks of Jembrana in the month of July, leading up to the finals and festivities occurring mid-November. The tradition traces back to the legacies of the Jembrana farmers, and during the festivities various other art forms of the locality are performed as well, such as bull fashion shows and Jegog bamboo orchestras.

Makepung is the name of a major grand prix in Jembrana, West Bali, which features racing buffalo races. Hundreds of pairs of buffaloes are teamed up together with their jockeys riding the traditional wooden ploughs that are slightly modified for the competition.

The racer buffaloes, called kerbau pepadu, compete in various open race circuits in assorted heats around the district of Melaya, leading up to the finals, or what has come to be known as the Jembrana Regent’s Cup, and the Governor’s Cup, held annually.

Makepung is derived from the base word of kepung, meaning ‘chase’, similar to the expression ‘steeplechase’. Makepung is one of the unique traditions stemmed from the agrarian life scene of the island, and is a widely enjoyed event in the regency of Jembrana, west Bali.

The grand-scale events inspired from such a simple, traditional pastime preserves the unique traditions of this part of the island, as well as to promote tourism to this far flung western location. The competitions also provide positive impact on other local sectors such as agriculture and farming.

The tradition has partly prevented the shift of land for farming use, and it has also encouraged the people to improve the quality of animal husbandry, raising winning buffaloes for the yearly events.

There are approximately seven different circuits spread out in various locations throughout the district. The Sangyang Cerik circuit in the village of Tuwed, Melaya district is one of the main circuits. The other dedicated fields-turned-circuits include Delod Berawah, Kaliakah, Pangkung Dalem, Merta Sari, Tuwed and Awen.

On the eve of the finals, there is a gathering among the racing teams called sekaa makepung with the Jembrana regent, and the evening is as festive as the major racing day that follows, being filled with art performances and public entertainment.

On race days, international visitors will also be equally amused by the ‘buffalo fashion shows’ that feature the bovines beautifully and carefully dressed up with ornaments from hoof to horn, in another segment of the ‘best-dressed’ competitions.

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Posted on: sept 06th, 2015 by agus bali transport & tour service

Visiting Bali is probably the best adventure you can get in your life time but what makes it complete is that you go for the famous scuba diving spots in Bali. Bali has a lot to offer when it comes to adventure and scuba diving is one of those adventures which you will remember for the rest of your life. So here are our top 5 picks which we recommend you to go for on your next trip to Bali.

 

Amed:-

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Amed is located in the beautiful the North Bali which is still considered as one of the untouched area of Bali in it’s most natural habitat. Famous for it’s black sandy beaches, Amed is also the spot where tourists from all around the world love to visit to take their thrill of snorkeling. Amed offers a variety of corals which is rare as you can find soft, hard and sponge coral in this area. Along with the under water beauty and facility you will find yourself swimming among the beautiful and exotic fishes like black snapper, unicorn fish, whitetip sharks and a lot of other colorful species. There are a lot of diving clubs in Bali which can arrange your trips at your convenience.

Padang Bai:-

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Padang Bai is considered as the hotspot for snorkeling in Bali. Padang Bai is located in the Klungklung district which has the best snorkeling and diving spots in Bali. The best season for diving and snorkeling is during the day time from April to October. You can also reach the famous diving bell spot from here on a boat. General depth here is about 20 meters which takes you to a whole new world of Red Snappers, clown fish and the gigantic blue spotted stingrayrs and morays.

Lovina

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Lovina diving reef is probably one of the most interesting Coral reef for scuba diving lovers as it offers some of the deepest diving spots in the Bali area which trainerd and amateur divers love to explore and on the other hand it has some low depth very easy diving spots perfect for beginners. Big beautiful fishes like Manta Rays, stingrays are not hard to find here along with some beautiful squids.

 

 

 

Tulamben:-

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Tulamben is located on the North East Coast of Bali just few hours away from the beautiful area of Nusa Dua. It is one of the jewels among the world’s top dive sites. It is famous for the USS Liberty shipwreck which was torpdoed by the Japanese on January 11, 1942 during second world war. Now imagine a beautiful shipwreck with a lot of history laying at the bottom of the ocean and surrounded by the beautiful marine life, what could be more dreamy than that? Experience it yourself and send us a thank you post card.

Nusa Penida:-

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Nusa Penida is a part of the all famous 3 sister Islands. Located in the north coast of Bali, it is also a very famous spot for the scuba diving and snorkeling lovers. Beautiful because of the rich & healthy corals which are home to the dazzling breath taking species along with the rare fishes like Mola Mola.

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