Karapan sapi is an annual folk festival of the Maduranese. This requires a pair of bulls connected by wooden yoke and a plow (called kaleles) on which the jockey slash racer stands and keeps everything in balance while the beast speed up like they’re on fire. And yeah, to be the jockey requires a lot of cojones and huge amount of badassery.
Karapan Sapi, or simply bull race is how Maduranese–the folks living in Madura island, off the coast of East Java–celebrate harvest time, and it’s part of their tradition that goes back as far as the 13th century.
Thousands of people flocking the venue on the D-Day, bets are made, and everyone cheers and jeers according to the bets they made.
Karapan Sapi is as much a folk festival as it is a marketplace. The race is actually a way to showcase the strength of the bull if they’re used to plow the field…hence, the kaleles. The champions will usually be auctioned off after the event and sold to the highest bidder.
Due to geographical proximity, in which many farmers from Java migrated to Northwest Bali, many of whom were Maduranese, the Balines of Melaya, Jembrana, Bali have their own version of karapan sapi, called Makepung.
It’s also held in relation to the harvest time, although in recent years it also caters as tourism attraction in the region and never fails to enter the highlighted social event of that part of Bali.
Unlike its counterpart though, in Jembrana, the jockeys stand or squat on a wheeled cart, greatly increasing its maneuverability.
Whereas karapan sapi is a drag race, makepung is a grand prix.
Check the schedule below for the events:
|1||28 August 2016||Tanah Merah||Sunday||09.00 AM|
|2||4 September 2016||Blega||Sunday||09.00 AM|
|3||11 September 2016||Sepulu||Sunday||09.00 AM|
|4||18 September 2016||Socah||Sunday||09.00 AM|
|5||25 September 2016||Arosbaja||Sunday||09.00 AM|
|1||28 August 2016||Torjun||Sunday||09.00 AM|
|2||4 September 2016||Kedungdung||Sunday||09.00 AM|
|3||11 September 2016||Ketapang||Sunday||09.00 AM|
|4||18 September 2016||Sampang||Sunday||09.00 AM|
|1||28 August 2016||Waru||Sunday||09.00 AM|
|2||4 September 2016||Pegantenan||Sunday||09.00 AM|
|3||11 September 2016||Galis||Sunday||09.00 AM|
|4||18 September 2016||Pamekasan||Sunday||09.00 AM|
|1||28 August 2016||Bluto||Sunday||09.00 AM|
|2||4 September 2016||Nonggunong||Sunday||09.00 AM|
|3||11 September 2016||Pasongsongan||Sunday||09.00 AM|
|4||18 September 2016||Batu Putih||Sunday||09.00 AM|
|5||25 September 2016||Guluk-Guluk||Sunday||09.00 AM|
|6||2 October 2015||Kota Sumenep||Sunday||09.00 AM|
|1||16 October 2016||Bangkalan||Sunday||09.00 AM|
|2||16 October 2016||Sampang||Sunday||09.00 AM|
|3||16 October 2016||Pamekasan||Sunday||09.00 AM|
|4||16 October 2016||Sumenep||Sunday||09.00 AM|
|VI||Pan Madura Pageant|
|23 October 2016||Festival Sapi Sonok di Stadion R. Soenarto Hadiwidjojo Kabupaten Pamekasan
|VII||GRAND FINAL||Province Level|
|30 October 2016||Grand Final Karapan Sapi (Gubeng) for the President Cup Venue: Stadion R. Soenarto Hadiwidjojo Pamekasan District||Sunday||08.00 AM|
1. 12 July: Delod Berawah Circuit
2. 26 July: Tuwed Circuit
3. 9 August: Mertasari Circuit (Bupati Cup)
4. 23 August: Pangkung Dalem Circuit
5. 6 September: Delod Berawah Circuit
6. 20 September: Awen Circuit
7. 4 October: Mertasari Circuit
8. 18 October: Kaliakah Circuit
9. 1 November: Delod Berawah Circuit
10. 15 November: Tuwed Circuit (Jembrana Cup – FINALS)
I know, right…
Cover page by Robertus Pudyanto