Nyadran Tenongan Ritual, Giyanti Village, Wonosobo, Central Java, Indonesia

Giyanti village is located in Selomerto, Wonosobo, Central Java. This village is popular as Lengger Dance performance. This village celebrating anniversary, called Nyadran Tenongan annually according to Javanese Calendar.

Since morning, around 8 am, every member of the village was out for the ritual. They gather at the village street. Even mothers and children are involved in this event. They put traditional snacks, fruits into a bamboo containers (tenong) decorated with colorful paper. Everyone wears batik and Javanese traditional outfit.

Not far from the street, performed various lengger dance, barongan and kuda lumping or emblek. Giyanti village is the home of abundant lengger artists. The ritual is started by visiting the grave of Adipati Mertoloyo, the founder of Giyanti village.

Before departing to the founder grave, hundred of villages wearing javanese outfit bring art equipment. The most unique about this sequence is that they carry two effigies of Adipati Mertoloyo and Kiai Monyet as their honor  manifestation to the founder. They are carried to the grave and then followed by praying session. The effigies then carried itinerant through the village street that is already full of people with food in tenong. Afterwards, one by one they follow the pilgrim group itinerant the village. After finished with circle the village, then they gather at a art building established by Ki Hadi Suwarno in 1960. This building was used as artists to learn Lengger dance, the traditional dance from Wonosobo.

The villagers put the tenong along the street and in front of the art house. The leader of the village and one lengger dancer put offering beside banyan tree located nearby the art building and praying with mantra for well being of the people. Afterwards, lenger dance from first period where men dancer dressed as woman and then followed by an old man explaining the pedigree and history of Giyanti village.

Giyanti village was born in the 2 and half centuries ago and young generations in Giyanti always maintain the traditional culture, including lengger dance. People live in peace and arts and culture is the element that attach them together, although they have different occupations and religion. This village inhabitants’ religions are moslem, christian, catholic , pangestu and other religions. Mosque, Pangestu building and Church are standing side by side.

Then the most interesting part for peole is getting blessing water, food and fruits at tenong. They bring plastic bag and glass and  jostling to get food, water that are already blessed and they believe that it brings fortune. After that excited scene, they eat and drink the food they got and then return home.