Cultural in Mataram

Peresean

Martial arts, Lombok-style. Competitors, stripped to the waist, spar with rattan sticks and cowhide shields. The winner is the first to draw blood. It’s typically held in Mataram late in December, though you can cat…
Cultural in Mataram

Perang Topat

This ‘rice war’ on Lombok is fun. It takes place at Pura Lingsar just outside Mataram and involves a costumed parade, and Hindus and Wektu Telu pelting balls of ketupat (sticky rice) at each other. Can also be held …
Cultural in Mataram

Malean Sampi

Yoked cattle race over waterlogged earth in Narmada, near Mataram, their jockeys clinging on tightly. It’s as dangerous and muddy as it sounds, though the welfare of the animals is questionable.