Ngada’s Reba Ceremony

Ngada’s Reba Ceremony

Reba is one of the most important ceremonies in the Ngada district – it is a thanksgiving celebration held annually to thank God and to honour their ancestors for blessing the villagers with good harvest and wealth. This ceremony is held over three days and is packed with rituals, food crops and livestock and focuses on the legend of the ancestors and how they travelled far and wide to find a better place to live.

The are many different stages to the ceremony; preparations and rituals begin one week ahead of the actual day and is followed by the collecting of offerings, receiving guests, dancing, reciting original myths, and praising the yam root as yam used to be the most important and staple food in the past.

The ceremonies are varied and many and some take place in the outskirts of the village, the kisanatha or around the ancestral shrines. As the village Bena is considered the mother of all Ngada villages, this ceremony will take place here first, followed by other villages in January including Langa, Nage and Wogo and Ruto, Deru or Turekisa in February.

The ceremony is peppered with cultural symbolism, such as Ngadhu – a tall wooden trunk with carvings and a conical, thatched rood that represents each clan’s first male ancestor. Bhaga, which looks like a miniature of a Ngada house, represents a clan’s first female ancestor. The festival ends with the villagers throwing all the yam peels outside of the village.


Travel tips:

–       Check with your guide on the exact dates that the Reba will take place

–       Book transport and accommodations in advance

–       Bring a video camera and respect their culture at all times

Article Source:

Photo Credit:

Best of Flores – Flores Plus Magazine

Rediscover Hidden Paradise

In this section, you’ll find interesting tips and articles on everything Flores related over a wide range of topics including culture in Flores, people of Flores, destinations in Flores including the Komodo National Park, wildlife in Flores including the Komodo Dragons, diving and snorkeling in Flores, sailing around Flores, dining in Flores, accommodations in Flores, shopping in Flores and so much more. Flores Plus is part of the PT. Trijaya Dewata family, a premier publishing and media brand in Bali and Indonesia. Established in 1996, it has decades of experience with multiple titles in three languages published over the years. With the launch of Flores Plus, the company now will lead the way as one of the pioneers of tourist media in Flores and Komodo. Available now in English and soon in Japanese, the magazine has a strong online presence and engagement via its website, daily e-newsletters and social media platforms which are updated daily.

Tags: ,,,

Leave A Reply

Your email address will not be published.