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04-11-2015, 16:57
Tabuik is the local manifestation of the Remembrance of Muharram among the Minangkabau people of West Sumatra that live in coastal area, particularly in the city of Pariaman. The festival includes reenactments of the Battle of Karbala, and the playing of tassa and dhol drums.


Tabuik is also the term used to refer to the high funeral biers carried around during remembrance procession. Although originally a Shi'a festival, nowadays most inhabitants of Pariaman and other area's where similar Tabuik-festivals are held by all Muslims and even non-Muslims.


Tabuik is made from bamboo, rattan and paper. During the week of Tabuik many activities are held including kite races, traditional plays such as Tari Piring and traditional plays. One Tabuik appointed by the bearers whose reached 40 people. Behind the Tabuik, there are traditionally dressed group of people who bring a variety of percussion instruments. Every now and then the procession stopped and the dozens of people who play Minang martial art playing some action while accompanied by the traditional music.


At sunset, the procession come to an end. Both Tabuik brought to shore and then floated out to sea. This is done because there is a belief that the removal of this Tabuik to the sea, may throws bad luck.