Tenganan Pengringsingan Festival
June 11/12, 2020
The Tenganan Pegringsingan Festival is an ancient tradition that is practiced only in the Bali Aga village of Tenganan in the Karangasem Regency of East Bali. Prior to the 1970’s, this village was recognized by anthropologists to be one of the most secluded societies in the Indonesian archipelago. Tourists are attracted to Tenganan by its unique Bali Aga culture that still holds to the original traditions, ceremonies and rules of ancient Balinese, and its unique village layout and architecture.
Among festivities performed at the festival is the famous Perang Pandan, or locally known as mekare-kare or megeret pandan. This annual age-old tradition is a ritual dedicated to God Indra, the Hindu god of war and the sky. The ritual involves friendly duels between all male villagers, who battle each other armed with a small rattan shield in one hand and a tied packet of thorny ‘pandan’ leaves in the other. This event is held every year, following the area’s own regional calendar.
Due to the current Covid-19 pandemic, the Bali government may postpone or not carry out the Tenganan Pengringsingan Festival this year. Please check ahead of time if you plan on travelling to the area.