Update June 2018: Please note that this information might be out of date as we haven’t had time to check and rewrite it. To get the latest and best tourism information, please consider staying at Sari Inn where our manager Hamy would be happy to take care of you. Hamy worked for the Lombok Tourism commission for twenty years and drove for the former presidential family. He speaks good English and remains one of the top experts on the area.
There is much in Lombok that has not changed over the years. The way of life is preserved. One such example of this is the Mayura Water Palace which was built in 1744. The Balinese Kingdom was thriving in this area and this spot was home to much reverence. Now a place for worship and for visitors the walls tell a story of a grand time in Lombok history.
When looking for daily festivals, if you are at the floating pavilion of Bale Kambang before 2pm you will see the traditions of the local Hindus. With offerings to the Gods and prayer this spot is one to take pause at.
Many of the religious festivals around the world center on food and Lombok is no different. There is an Islamic Wektu Telu Festival full of food of many different varieties held over the summer. The point of this festival is to eat, drink and be merry.
In October through December there is a festival celebrating the rain called Perang Ketupat in Lingsar. At this festival it is common for participants to throw sticky rice at each other in addition to the prayer services.
Other festivals include:
- Pura Meru: A Bali Hindu festival on June
- Pujawali: A Bali Hindu Festival honoring the God of Mount Rinjani held at Pura Kalasa Temple
- Pekelan: Held at the same time as Pujawali held at the crater
- Nyale Festival: Celebrating the Nyale fish in February or March
- Desa Bersih: A spring cleaning festival in April in honor of the goddess of rice