Home Trenggalek Trenggalek Anniversary
Based on "Kamulan" epigraph, Trenggalek was built on August 31, 1194, Traditional ceremony is annually carried out to celebrate the establishment of Trenggalek and this takes place in "Pendopo Kabupaten". A processing is made by hundreds of people wearing Javanese traditional dresses move around along the main road of the ceremony. The people of Trenggalek are not only entertained with palm climbing, gunny bag race, etc, but an all night puppet shadow performance as well. A day before the anniversary, people make a devotional visit to sacred places and stay a whole night reciting the Holy Quran and singing "Mocopat" (six - line Javanese Verse Form).
Larung Sembonyo is held by local fishermen In Prigi Beach about 48 Km. South of Trenggalek town In "SELO" of eleventh month (of javanese calender). Larung Sembonyo Is not only a ritual ceremony which is mean to thank God because of his blessing but also In memory of the wedding party of Raden Tumenggung Yudha Negara, Mataram Army Commander by keeping his promise that he would marry Putri Gambar lnten he succeded in opening the bay of Prigi.
Bagong Dam Purifying ceremony
it was told that in the mid of XVI century, Menak Sopal was abdolutely concerned sawing farmers' rice fields that were always on dried condition and failed to harvest. Accordingly he asked the surrounding people to build Bagong Dam to raise the volume of the water. However, their hard work used to fail because having the dam done, it was always collapsed.
He got a divine Inspiration that to avoid the ruin of the dam, a white elephant had to be sacrificed. Then, a series of negotiation with an owner of the white elephant had carried out and Menak Sopal won the negotiation. The White elephant finally managed to be sacrificed.
At the Moment a buffalo is always sacrificed for the purifying ceremony at Bagong Dam as the substitusi of the white elephant. Having been slaughtered, the buffalo's head and meat are thrown to the mid of the dam and the people altogether splash into the dam to cather the buffalo's head or meat.
Following the ceremony, a Javanese traditional puppet, telling the story of Udan Mintoya, and pilgrimage to Menak Sopal's tomb are held. Trenggalek people commonly visit the cemetery on every "Kliwon " Friday ( kliwon is the name of the one of the five divisions of days In Javanese term)