Jul 24, 2008

Bull Racing The Famous Tourist Attraction at Madura Island

Madura Island is part of East Java regency that needs a better access. Madura that consist of four regencies has a lot to offer. It has excellent quality of agriculture outputs and beautiful tourism objects and more. The presence of the bridge had expected to improve smoother flow of people, goods and service from and into this island. Mayor impacts had expected to emerge this facility, be it socially and economically. The Suramadu Bridge that connects Surabaya and Madura Island extending 5.43 km with 28.10 m width.

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The sea crossing from East Java to the small island of Madura takes just half an hour. Measuring about 160 km in length and about 40 across at its widest point, Madura supports population of close to 3 million inhabitants, whom most are farmers or fisherman.

The most famous attraction of this island is the annual bull racing (kerapan sapi), which takes place during the dry season in August – September. These exiting and colourful tournaments consist of a race between two pairs of bulls, each team pulling a rider and sled. Then, the finals are held in Madura’s capital, Pamekasan on October.

The interesting part of this attraction is when a rider stands on the ‘Keleles’, yelling and slamming while his hands hold two sticks and slap the bull’s weight and attached to the bulls. A pair of male cow races each other in 200 m length or known with Kerapan Sapi. Madurese always hold this race yearly from sub district level, district, and finally to get a President Cup.

This tradition has done for so long and it is a symbol to thank to God by cow breeders in Madura. Brown cow, a Madurese cow which is always in the race. Tourists are also can notice Sapi Kereman, to enjoy how Madurese takes care of their cows. It is the interesting part, begins with how the Madurese graze the cows, take care of the cow’s health with traditional herbs and train the cow about running. In the middle of bull racing event, there is an additional attraction "Sapi Sono". It is a female bull contest.

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