The Ngerebeg tradition in the Tegallalang Traditional Village, Gianyar Regency, Bali, has been designated as an Indonesian Intangible Cultural Heritage by the Ministry of Education, Culture, Research and Technology (Kemendikbudristek).
The certificate of determination of the Ngerebeg tradition as an Indonesian Intangible Cultural Heritage was signed by the Minister of Education, Culture, Research and Technology, Nadiem Makarim, on December 7, 2021 in Jakarta.
“With the stipulation of the ngerebeg tradition as an Intangible Cultural Heritage, the Tegallalang Traditional Village is determined to continue to maintain the preservation and sacredness of this tradition,” said the Tegallalang Traditional Village Bendesa.
He explained, Ngerebeg is a hereditary heritage. This tradition is held the day before the piodalan of Duur Bingin Temple in the Tegallalang Traditional Village, every six months based on the Balinese calendar system, to be precise at Wraspati Umanis Pahang.
Ngerebeg is performed by children and teenagers, whose bodies are covered in creepy decorations. They also follow the procession around the village while carrying penjor decorations from bark of bark and midrib of jaka or palm leaves.
“The ngerebeg ritual procession means neutralizing negative influences and for the welfare of the community. In addition, as a thank you to Ida Sang Hyang Widhi Wasa,” he said.
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