Experience Male'an Sampi during a stay in Seminyak - AsiaRooms.com
February 10, 2010 (PRLEAP.COM) Travel NewsAsiaRooms.com reports a visit to Bali could provide travellers with an opportunity to witness Male'an Sampi, a traditional celebration on the neighboring island of Lombok.
Taking place during April, this annual event is held at a waterlogged race track on which prize cows from across the region are brought to race by their breeders.
The cattle races are just part of the event, however, with various parties and celebrations taking place at the site throughout the day.
As Male'an Sampi traditionally takes place just before the planting season begins on Lombok, it is viewed by the Sasak people - the native islanders - as one of their last chances for major enjoyment and socialising before a long period of hard work.
Exploring Lombok is becoming increasingly popular among people using accommodation in Seminyak and other resorts on Bali, as the island has its own distinctive character that ensures it stands out from its neighbour.
One major difference between the two islands is that the Sasaks, unlike the Balinese people, are predominantly Muslim.
The tourism industry on Lombok has also not developed as quickly as that of Bali, so the island is attractive for people seeking rural retreats and remote countryside.