April 19, 2009
Gendang Beleq is one of the most popular festivals in Lombok. Gendang Beleq is in fact a dance festival that is performed annually in the month of April. This is a native festival of Lombok. In the prehistoric era, Gendang Beleq was performed during the occasions like farewell of the soldiers who were going to face the war and also to welcome them from the warfronts. However, gradually Gendang Beleq became a more general festival and now it is performed in various occasions such as marriage ceremonies, in a parade called Nyongkolan and also for the entertainment of the important guests in Lombok.
The dance that is performed in the Gendang Beleq festival is called Gandrung. The dance involves two huge drums to accompany it. The word “Beleq” means huge and the other word “Gendang” stands for drum. The drums make loud noises, which in turn signify the essence that makes war.
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