Famous Traditional Dances of Belu Regency, East Nusa Tenggara Province


It is true that natural attractions become the main allure of East Nusa Tenggara Province. The same thing goes for Belu Regency. Even though no one would doubt that many other attractions are available for tourists to enjoy there including traditional dances! It is because the locals retain their traditions for generations. Well, one of them to retain such valuable culture is none other than through traditional dances. Somehow, these performances also become an interesting attraction for tourists to watch while visiting Belu City. They can either learn the meaning, watch, or take pictures of the dance!

The Nuance
In terms of nuance, all traditional dances of Belu Regency offer a similar ambiance. It is both festive and entertaining. Not to mention many people (the audience) may gather in an open field and watch the dance in a comfortable manner. Even tourists are allowed to take pictures during the performance. As for the type of the dance, the two most popular ones are Likurai and Tebe Dance. Each of them has a distinct meaning and allure, without a doubt. So, everyone should not miss the chance to witness them all when visiting Belu Regency later.

Enjoying Famous Traditional Dances of Belu Regency
The first famous traditional dance of Belu Regency is called Likurai. In a nutshell, it is a war dance. The locals perform it either during welcoming or sending off warriors to the war field. In the past, these warriors even carried the heads of their enemies as the symbol of victory! At the time, Feto or beautiful local ladies performed the dance to entertain and honor those warriors. In terms of name, it derives from the Tetun Language. The meaning is to conquer the earth! “Likui” means to conquer while “Rai” means the earth.

Another famous dance of Belu Regency is called Tebe. The whole meaning of this dance is related to the expression of happiness due to any type of achievement. The dancers consist of both men and women who dance side by side and form a circular formation. During the performance, they even sing along and chant poetry! Not to mention they stomp on the ground in accordance with the accompaniment. The good thing is the audience is allowed to participate in the dance!

For the audience, it is better to know several rules before watching the dances. For instance, it is related to the behavior. No one is allowed to make too much noise while watching the dance, indeed. For those who want to take pictures, it is better to turn off the flash feature.

Nearby Attractions

  • Adipura Monument
  • Pancasila Monument
  • Atambua City Park

How to Get There
In order to be able to watch those dances, tourists only need to get to Belu Regency right away. Their prime destination is definitely Atambua City. Later, they can visit nearby villages to join the events. For the information, from Kupang City, this trip may take around 6 hours and 22 minutes as the distance is 277 km.

Where to Stay

  • Klaben Hotel
  • Merdeka Inn
  • Kalpataru Inn
  • Liurai Hotel


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