Following the prayers, a senior cleric gave a sermon from a podium. He read from a text written in Arabic on a traditional parchment.
The message was basically about giving thanks, living in harmony with nature and keeping good manners.
“This customary procession is held to accompany and to strengthen the religious Idul Fitri festivities, so that harmony can be achieved between religion and local custom,” Bayan community elder Gedarip, 70, said.
“During the [Islamic] Idul Fitri, we hold a Ied prayer at the mosque and join in the celebrations. However, because we also have local customs that must be preserved, we celebrate the customary Idul Fitri as well,” he explained.
“This is a customary procession, not a religious one. Wetu Telu is not a religion. It's a set of local traditions. We never mix tradition and religion together,” he added.
(Photo by Panca Nugraha)