Pariaman is a coastal city in West Sumatra, Indonesia. It has a population of over 72,000 people, and it is located on the coast of the Indian Ocean. The city is known for its annual Tabuik festival, which is a celebration of the Day of Ashura in the Islamic calendar.
The Tabuik festival is a centuries-old tradition in Pariaman, and it is a UNESCO-recognized cultural heritage. The festival features two beautifully-decorated effigies or “Tabuik” that are carried through the city. The effigies are swayed accompanied by 12 tasa kettledrums beaten in a spirit-rousing rhythm. In the afternoon, both Tabuik are moved to the coast and lowered into the sea before sunset. After they are thrown into the sea, many people go swimming looking for ‘memories’ of the Tabuik to keep.
The Tabuik festival is a major tourist attraction in Pariaman, and it attracts visitors from all over Indonesia. The festival is also a celebration of Minangkabau culture, and it features a number of other traditional arts, such as Indang Folk Dance, Randai Martial Arts, Luambek Martial Arts, Rabab Galuak Traditional Music Performance and Gandang Tasa Traditional Drum Attraction.