Thousands Dress Up in Traditional Costume for Wonders of Lake Toba Carnival 2017 i

More than 2,000 people participated in the Wonders of Lake Toba Carnival 2017 in Balige on the edge of Lake Toba in North Sumatra on Sunday (10/09). (Photo courtesy of Tourism Ministry)

By : Jakarta Globe | on 12:43 AM September 10, 2017
Category : Tourism

Jakarta. More than 2,000 people participated in the Wonders of Lake Toba Carnival 2017 in Balige on the edge of Lake Toba in North Sumatra on Sunday (10/09).

Community members, artists and representatives of eight regions around Lake Toba all dressed up in traditional costumes with ulos (woven cloth) and sortali (headband) for the occasion.

"A total of 55 groups took part in the carnival, each group had from 30 to 200 people," Ultri Sonlahir Simangunsong, the head of the Toba Samosir Tourism and Culture Agency, said in Balige.

The carnival's main event, a street parade, featured 41 floats, 11 fully-decorated rickshaws, 200 manghunti tandok (woven sacks filled with rice and carried on a woman’s head) and trumpet players.

"We also had a multi-ethnic parade, featuring residents from around Lake Toba and also Nias, Javanese, Malay, Indian and Chinese people," Ultri said.

The 2.7 kilometer-long parade kicked off at 1 p.m. on Sunday from Soposurung and stopped at the Sumut Balige Bank.

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