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WHAT’S SO SPECIAL ABOUT NTT?



Nusa Tenggara Timur or famously known as NTT locates in the east of Indonesia. Consisting of more than hundreds of islands, NTT serves its various natural views, cultures, beliefs, and traditions. Even though those islands are separated by the ocean, the people of NTT are united in the name of Flobamora. The acronym of Flobamora itself means that NTT has four main islands: Flores, Sumba, Timor, and Alor which is flanked by dozens of small islands like Rote Island, Semau Island, and many more. 

 

Thousands of feet from the top of the NTT Island, people can directly see the beauty of natural views served by this island such as a clear blue ocean and local people’s houses that are covered by shady trees. When it’s on the rainy season, NTT feels so cool with views of green trees and yellow rice fields along the road. While in the summer season, people can see how the sun rises and the coconut trees which are still sturdy along beaches. When the sun goes down, the sky is turning into orange and sometimes it becomes purple. What a beautiful view!

 

The beauty of NTT does not stop there. It is added by the uniqueness of the cultures. Each island of NTT has its traditional dance, clothes, and language. If we take a look at traditional clothing, Tenun ikat can be one of the examples. It is originally made by local people who commonly are elderly. The process of making Tenun ikat is very special because it takes much time and hands skill to create it. Tenun ikat itself has internationally known throughout the world. 


 

Talking about the uniqueness of NTT, there is a tradition that is commonly known as the tradition of kissing by a nose to nose (mencium hidung). This tradition has been used by the ancestor until now. People will usually use this tradition on special occasions such as wedding parties, Christmas Eve, family events, and many more. Even if there are local people who have not met for a long time, they will do this tradition to their friends, family, or relatives.

 

Photos: traveldream.co.id & kumparan.com

Author: Ira Luik

Editor: R. Fahik/ red

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