Mini Guide to Indonesia

Baliem Valley Festival

The Papua people Baliem Valley Festival takes place in August and it’s a mock war between local tribes as they believe it brings fertility and prosperity. 20 tribes of 30 to 50 warriors wear traditional clothing and dance to Papua music, called Piton, play local games, and even enjoy pig racing.

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Pasola War Ritual

The Pasola is an Indonesian Jousting Festival. It usually takes place in February or March on the Sumba Island in East Nusa Tenggara. During the tournament, opposing teams try to unseat the opponents off their horses using blunt spears. It’s thought that the “war” was invented to dispute settlements in a peaceful way.

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People and Culture

It’s hard to define Indonesian culture as one that encompasses the entire country given how diverse the population is; however, they all share a palpable spirituality and it’s important to respect their religious beliefs. The people are friendly and polite, and like other Asian countries, shoes should be left outside temples and houses, and food is eaten with the right hand. It’s also not OK to point at someone with a finger, and it’s best to use a thumb or an open palm. Lastly, standing with arms crossed or on the hips is a sign of anger and hostility.


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10 Interesting New Year’s Traditions from Around the World

In the Gregorian calendar, which is the most widely-used calendar system in the world, the start of the New Year is celebrated on January 1. In North America, bottles of champagne are popped, kisses are exchanged, and everyone sings and makes noise to celebrate the arrival of the New Year. Some traditions that we take part in are unique to our culture, even if it seems like everyone does them. In other parts of the globe, the celebration of the New Year looks quite different — some cultures even celebrate it on a completely separate day.

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The holiday season is here and businesses across the United States are going all-out to make sure that their decorations are better than the year before. The majority of Americans get so excited about holidays that it’s easy to forget how many traditions are strangely unique to the American culture. Actually, there are a large number of uniquely American holiday traditions that seem strange to those who didn’t grow up here. Let’s explore some of the weirdest American holiday traditions that are out there today.

The World in Liquor

When you go out for a night, how many options for liquor does your home base bar have on offer? Sure, they’ve probably got some standard gins, vodkas, rums, whiskies, and tequilas—but probably not much of anything else. If you’re traveling, one of the best ways to start to get to know the local culture is to indulge in a popular local drink.