Jakarta, IO – After Eid starting Thursday (5/5), a number of “cruise ships” are seen sailing the Batang Mahek River, Limapuluhkota regency, West Sumatra. Known as Bakajang tradition, the five-day event signifies a friendship that has been passed down from generation to generation by the five jorongs (hamlet) in Nagari Gunuang Malintang, West Sumatra.
Haji Chandra, a community leader in Nagari Malintang, explained that the tradition is a symbol of respect from nephews and nieces to penghulu (Muslim wedding officiant) and bundo kanduang, Jawa Pos reported.
“Usually, for each kajang to be included in one jorong, there must be permission from the penghulu or bundo kanduang in that jorong. To ask for permission, one must make a traditional speech or alua pasambahan,” said Haji Chandra.