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Festivals in Indonesia are representative of
the diverse cultures and ethnicities found throughout the country's
many islands. Experience the Balinese Galungan in January, or
attend a Torajan funeral feast, which are famously stylized
affairs. (Note: one must simply have lucky timing, as attendance
cannot be guaranteed.)
For connoisseurs of the truly exotic there is
the Pasola Festival in Sumba, held in February and March.
Fundamentally animistic, it resembles a medieval jousting match in
which warriors, who ride bareback on agile horses, whirl, charge
and hurl blunt spears at each other. Those who are injured or
killed during the Pasola are de facto guilty of offending the
supernatural ancestral spirits. The wounded may atone with
offerings of chickens and pigs, ensuring a bountiful crop in the