Jakarta, TOPNews Indonesia –
The term ‘ngabuburit’ comes from the Sundanese language, which means the activity of waiting for the Maghrib call to prayer echoing during Ramadan.
There are many Ngabuburit traditions in Indonesia, from playing kites to firing cannons.
In Banyumas Raya, Central Java Province – the former residency of Banyumas which includes Banyumas, Cilacap, Purbalingga, and Banjarnegara Districts – there is a village popular with cartoon art called Cartoon Village. Here it seems that the Ngabuburit moment is quieter, because all the participants are busy drawing.
Cartoon Village located in Sidareja Village, Kaligondang District, Purbalingga Regency. The center for the arts activities here is at Art Space Kie Art, which is managed by two art activists, Slamet Santosa and Gita Yohanna Thomdean.
Both of them are the founders of Kie Art Cartoon School which was launched in September 2020 as an effort to realize the potential of the Cartoon Village tourist village.
“‘Kie’ is a Javanese vocabulary which means ‘this’, while ‘art’ is an English vocabulary which means ‘art.’ So, Kie Art means this is art,” said Slamet Santosa, as quoted by ANTARA on Sunday (2 / 5).
After seven months of running, Kie Art Cartoon School not only developed Kie Cartoons, but also Kie Wayang, Kie Akustik, Kie Teater, Kie Tari, and several other art activities.
Before Ramadan arrived, the young people who were members of Kie Kartun were diligently working on the walls of residents’ houses with murals. But in the fasting month, they replace their outdoor activities by making sketches in the studio.
The art stage rehearsals are still ongoing. In fact, in the last few days, the art exercises that they carry out every time they break their fast have been maximized.
All of that is in preparation for the Ngabuburit event and iftar together in commemoration of National Education Day which this year falls on May 2, 2021.
When met during the event, Slamet Santosa said that his students planned to perform gamelan, kentongan music, and so on on the Kie Art Cartoon School yard while distributing free takjil to local residents.
But alas, a well-prepared plan encountered a problem because that afternoon, heavy rain flushed the village of Sidareja and its surroundings. Not only is the rain an obstacle, the electricity in the village has gone out.
However, this condition did not dampen the enthusiasm of the Cartoon Village youths to commemorate National Education Day while having fun and breaking their fast together.
“We had to change the scenario so that activities could continue even though the gamelan equipment that had been arranged on the front yard could not be played due to the rain,” said Santosa.
Cartoon Village youths continue to distribute free takjil to the public even though some of the art attractions cannot be displayed in the open, but in the Kie Art Cartoon School studio.
Ngabuburit Performing Arts in Purbalingga Cartoon Village
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