AsiaRooms.com - Bali set for Gerak Jalan Competition next month
August 19, 2011 (PRLEAP.COM) Travel NewsVisitors to Bali next month will have the option of taking in the Gerak Jalan Competition, an annual event commemorating a defining moment in local history.
The street marching contest is taking place to mark the 105th anniversary of the Puputan Badung, which saw hundreds of Balinese commit ritual suicide when faced by the threat of encroaching Dutch colonial forces.
In the modern day, the event is marked by ceremonial competitions involving male and female participants from schools, the armed forces, youth organisations and public services.
It sees participants forming large teams and going head to head in order to claim a selection of prizes and trophies.
Puputan Badung's name is derived from the local phrase puputan, a term meaning "ending" or "finish" that is used to describe a ritualistic fight to the death, as well as the name of the region where the incident took place.
The principle behind the concept is one of displaying the courage to give one's life rather than be captured or forced to betray the country.
This year's Gerak Jalan Competition will be taking place on September 6th.
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