Have you come to Danau Toba, Indonesia? I have been there many times. It’s a very beautiful place in Sumatra.
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The Horas Samosir Fiesta 2015 has returned to Lake Toba highlighting 2015 with a series of exciting events organized in an annual agenda by the Samosir Regency in the Province of North Sumatra.
There are at least 10 events in the Fiesta that will be presented both to locals and tourists alike.
Horas Samosir Fiesta 2015 already commenced on 4th to 5th April 2015 with the Gondang Naposo that featured 9 traditional dance groups from all parts of the Samosir Regency. Gondang Naposo is an ethnic Batak traditional ritual that provides its youth the opportunity to meet, interact and select their partners in life.
Aside from the Gondang Naposo, other events to be held in the Horas Samosir Fiesta 2015 calendar include the following:
1. Samosir Band Festival on 16th May 2015
2. Harvest Festival on 27th June 2015
3. Sigale-gale Carnival on 18th July 2015
4. Batak Opera Night on 21st July 2015
5. Mangalahat Horbo on 7th August 2015
6. Samaosir Lake Toba Ultra Marathon on 19th September 2015
7. Samosir Romania on 17th October 2015
8. Cheerful Samosir on 14th November
9. New Year’s Eve on 31st December 2015 held at the Tuktuk Siadong Traditional Village
Horas Samosir Fiesta is intended to realize the vision of the Samosir Regency to grow into an innovative nature-based tourist destination, and further promote the captivating beauty of Lake Toba and the regency’s other tourist attractions.
Located in the middle of the huge Toba crater lake, the island of Samosir along with its surrounding areas form the heart of the Batak Toba culture. The island has many remains of ancient days including stone tombs and traditional villages, such as Ambarita which has a courtyard with stone furniture where in olden days convicts were tried and beheaded, or at the village of Simanindo where traditional Batak ritual dances and music are regularly performed. At Tomok you can find mementos and Batak handicrafts. A visit to Lake Toba will not be complete without a stay on Samosir island with its many traditional villages byalong its shores lapped by the soothing waves of the lake.
Regular ferries ply between Parapat on the mainland and the villages of Tomok and Tuktuk on Samosir. As you step down the ferry at Tomok you will be greeted by a row of sounvenir stalls selling an array of Batak handicrafts, from the traditional hand-woven ulos cloths to Batak bamboo calendars and all kinds of knick-knacks.
Below is the list of accommodation options available on Samosir Island for your reference:
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