Makepung: buffalo race at Jembrana – Bali

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Makepung is term in Balinese language means buffalo racing festival. This event is a tradition done by farmers in Jembrana – Bali, the most western counties located on the island of Bali. It’s about 3 hours from Kuta, Badung, Bali.

Buffaloes that participated in this event have been prepared in advance. Get enough foods and supplements so that grow big and strong. Other than that buffaloes also trained with the goal to win another game against other buffaloes.

On the island of Madura (East Java province, Indonesia) there is cow racing festival like this called Karapan Sapi.

makepung - buffalo race at jembrana bali

When will be racing, buffaloes decorated first. Racing lasted a little different than usual. Each participant ran on the track but not side by side. There is considerable distance between them. If buffalo who started the race in front able to extend the distance….. then it is the winner. And conversely, if the buffalo behind able to shorten the distance….. the buffalo in the back is the winner.

Something unique that the event is accompanied by a traditional instrument made from bamboo called Jegog.

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