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Kelimutu Festival – August, Ende
The tri-coloured Kelimutu Lake is located in the Ende regency and it will be the place of the upcoming Kelimutu Festival. The festival has been the icon of the Ende regency with the aim to honour the ancestors at Kelimutu. The festival’s main event is the much anticipated, highly sacred and spiritual event, Pati Ka Du’a Bapu Ata Mata. This is one of the most important events of the year for the Lio people who believe that the tri-crater lakes of Kelimutu are their ancestors’ resting place. During the ceremony of Pati Ka Du’a Bapu Ata Mata, the Lio people will make sacrifices, offering and conduct rituals for their ancestors their gratitude for the past year and hold prayers for blessings for the coming year. During this time, hundreds of Lio people will make a pilgrimage to Kelimutu. From 2013, this ritual was officially hosted and organized by Kelimutu National Park and Ende’s Culture and Tourism Department.