Nawu Sendang Tradition of Kulon Progo Regency, Yogyakarta


One of the allures of a region is none other than the culture itself. Those who are visiting Kulon Progo Regency, for the example, may find a unique tradition called Nawu Sendang. In a nutshell, the locals perform it in order to show gratitude toward the God due to the abundant crops and other types of blessing. For the information, this tradition is quite popular in Hargowilis Village and nearby settlements located in Kokap Sub-District. Despite the fact, tourists can also see and join the ceremony at other villages that belong to Kulon Progo.

The Nuance
In terms of nuance, Nawu Sendang looks both festive and sacred. Not to mention it has lots of participants who wear traditional Javanese attire. According to the information, these people can reach up to more than a hundred and they consist of both males and females. When it comes to ornaments and requirements, these people may prepare a pile of foods (tumpeng) and artistic accessories worn by local dancers. No wonder, the nuance feels entertaining as well due to the presence of those “Kuda Lumping” dancers! Tourists should not miss the opportunity to watch the performance later.

Exploring Nawu Sendang Tradition
Nawu Sendang has been done by the locals for generations, so it is considered a local cultural asset. Before entering the prime session, local ladies may prepare the foods and Tumpeng first. Once it is done, the men carry these foods to the destined location. Other participants also come with them as an escort. As mentioned before, these people wear traditional attire and some required accessories. As for the dancers, their major accessory is none other than Kuda Lumping (leathered horse).

For the information, the destination is located between the giant roots of several trees including Banyan, Pule, and Gayam. To be exact, it resides at the fountain near to a small gazebo where the ceremony is held. In order to retain the sacredness, in fact, the locals have built fences and bamboo walls that surround the fountain. Plus they provided a simple roof on the fountain. The good thing is tourists are allowed to get near to the site and take some photos freely.

The leader may start the ceremony right away after everyone gathers at the gazebo. The prime session is the worshipping, which is done by everyone and led by the elders. After praying, these people start eating together and enjoy some entertainments including Gamelan music and Kuda Lumping Dance. The nuance is definitely both sacred and festive!

Nearby Attractions

  • Glagah Indah Beach
  • Waduk Sermo
  • Pedut Waterfall
  • Kalilingseng Cave
  • Sumur Gondangsari Kroco
  • Binangun Park
  • Sendang Clereng Fountain

How to Get There
Here is the tip. The best location to watch Nawu Sendang Tradition is at Hargowilis Village at Kokap Sub-District. If tourists come from Adisucipto International Airport, they should take Yogyakarta – Wates Street and head to the village right away. The distance is 36.7 km, so the trip may take around 56 minutes. Also, everyone should know the exact date of the ceremony before heading to the location. Thus, they should talk to their tourist agent first before going.

Where to Stay

  • Wisma Kusuma Hotel
  • King’s Hotel
  • Rajaklana Resort


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