Tuesday, November 3, 2009

Images of Unity in Diversity

With about 300 ethnic units and 737 living languages, no other countries and territories are probably as diverse as Indonesia. Indeed, cultural diversity is this country's proud heritage embodied in the national motto "Bhineka Tunggal Ika" (Unity in Diversity).

The following pictures are only a small part of the pictures I took at Kemilau Nusantara 2009, one of the festivals that celebrates the Indonesian archipelago's (Nusantara) cultural diversity.

As I reported earlier, Kemilau Nusantara is an annual event organized by West Java Provincial Office of Tourism and Culture. This year's fest was attended by 14 (out of 33 Indonesian provinces) and 18 regencies and municipalities in West Java.

This post is Bandung Daily Photo's participation in this week's My World Tuesday meme. Please visit other participating blogs by clicking on the link.

Pencak silat dance from the Province of Banten.

A bride and groom from the Province of Lampung in the southern tip of Sumatra Island. Lampung has several ethnic-based wedding traditions. This is one of them.

A Jaipongan dancer from West Java.

A folk art from Sukabumi, West Java.

The Kancet Ledo/Gong dancers from the Dayak Kenyah tribe in East Kalimantan.


Mo said...

What a colourful festival

Leif Hagen said...

Wonderful, fabulous, intricate costumes and traditions! Looks like A LOT of fun!

J Bar said...

Beautiful shots.
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Lawstude said...

looks like a fun and colorful festival. great shots.

Hilda said...

Oh Eki, the festival sounds wonderful and I know I would have enjoyed it so much if I were there! Their costumes are absolutely gorgeous!

the donG said...

great! im actually waiting for this post of great cultural colors and motions depicted in your photos.

Dina said...

That many languages and ethnic groups?!
Your pictures here and below are wonderful. So good that the heritage lives on.

Thomas C B Chua said...

Your photos have lured me to visit Bandung. Which is the best month to visit Bandung?

STC Technologies said...

great festival..
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