Larantuka Easter Procession Festival 6D/5N

Day 1: Denpasar-Maumere-Moni
Arrivel in Maumere, meeting service with our tour guide and by ac coach drive to Moni. It takes about 3 hours. Dinner and Overnight at Flores Sare Hotel.

Day 2:  Moni-Kelimutu-Larantuka
It is worth to experience the sunrise at Kelimutu;the three colored crater lakes, one of the most specular and mysterious sight indonesian. You will begin your day early in the morning (start at about 4 am). After admiring this wonder of natur back to Moni for Breakfast and continue drive to Larantuka. Lunch will provided in Maumere.Dinner and Overnight at Fortuna hotel Larantuka.

Day 3-5;Thursday,Friday and Saturday,5-7 April 2011 : Larantuka Larantuka
A little port nestled at the base of a tall hill at the eastern end of Flores, from where Solor, Adonara, and Lembata islands (the small islands near by) are visible across the narrow strait. An old Portuguese cultural heritage like the Easter Procession is held in this town, and worth seeing.
Sancta Semana“, the week before Easter, is an important time of religious celebration for the devoutly Catholic people of Larantuka. The celebrations center on two religious statues, one of Jesus Christ and one of Virgin Mary brought by Portuguese missionaries Caspar de Espiritu Santo and Augustinho de Magdalena in the 1500s. These statues are only presented to the public every Easter and are kept out-of-view for the rest of the year. The religious festivities begin on Wednesday before Easter, known locally as Rabu Trewa or “Shackled Wednesday” in remembrance of the betrayal of Judas Iscariot that led to Jesus’s arrest and shackling. Devotees surround the chapel of Tuan Ana where the statue of Jesus is kept, shouting in Latin to mourn the arrest of Jesus by Roman soldiers. Devotees likewise surround the chapel of Tuan Ma in nearby Lohayong village where the statue of Virgin Mary is kept. On Holy Thursday, devotees enact the tikam turo ritual that prepares the route of the next day’s seven kilometer procession by planting candles along the road . After the candle are prepared, devotees attend the munda tuan ritual in which members of a religious fraternity known as the Konfreria Reinha Rosaria (Brotherhood of the Queen of Roses) bath the statues of Jesus and Mary. The holy water used is afterwards considered special and is saved to cure ill children and to help women having birth complications.

On the morning of Good Friday, the raja of Larantuka opens the door of the chapel of Tuan Ma thus making may for devotees to enter. His own clan, the Diaz Vieira de Godinho, enter first followed by the brotherhood members and the rest of the population. Worshipers kiss the statue of Mary and pray for divine benevolence per Mariam ad Jesum (through Mary to Jesus). Meanwhile, the statue of Jesus is taken from the chapel in Larantuka and is brought on a seven kilometer long procession by land and sea. The procession has eight stops, each representing a major clan of Larantuka (among which are the Mulawato, Sarotari, Amakalen, Kapitan Jentera, Fernandez da Gomez, Diaz Pohon Sirih, and Diaz Vieira de Godinho clans). At each stop there is a small chapel where a short prayer and devotional singing honor the suffering of the Passion. When the statues of Jesus and Mary are united, they are brought together to Larantuka Cathedral where many devotees attend a Good Friday service that lasts all night. Saturday morning free programm and join Easter mass at Katedral of Larantuka in the evening.
Overnight,Breakfast, Dinner and lunch at Fortuna Hotel Larantuka

Day 6: Sunday 8 April 2011 Larantuka – Maumere –Denpasar
Morning after breakfast check out from your hotel and drive back to Maumere and flight back to Denpasar

Price includes:
AC Coach
Accomodation
Tour guide
Meals as per itinerary
Entrance fee and Donation
Drink water
Local guide

Price does not include:
Flight ticket
Airport tax
All Privat expenses.
Tipping