Reba Traditional Ceremony

Reba Ceremony is a traditional ceremony that aims to respect and to give the gratitude for the ancestors. This ceremony is also used to evaluate everything about life in previous year that have been undertaken by the community of Ngada. At this ceremony, the families and the communities are asking for directions to religious and traditional leaders, to be able to live in better life in the next New Year. The ceremony is held every New Year, precisely in January or February.

Reba traditional ceremony is usually done in three to four days. Before the ceremony of dances and songs (O Uwi), there will be an enculturation service that being held in a church led by a priest. Series of ceremonies are also being held, like church choir that using local languages. This ceremony is a combination of traditional with religion elements.

Reba ceremony can be seen in each district that located in Ngada, Flores. Those districts are Aimere, Bajawa, Mataloko, Jerebu'u and So'a. To reach this district is from Kupang, NTT provincial capital, by taking a plane to Ende, a town on the island of Flores. Once we get there, the journey continues to Ngada city which is about 61 kilometers by taking minibus.
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