Ya'ahowu Nias Festival 2017
Nias Island will be re-enlivened through a major event of the Ya’ahowu Festival 2017 which is scheduled to take place from 23rd to 26th November 2017, and centered at Gunungsitoli, the largest city on the islands. Better known as a surf paradise with rolling barrels located in the Indian Ocean, Nias, in fact, hides an ancient megalithic culture that is still very much alive until today. Here are not only complete megalithic villages but its living culture still thrives until today. These will be the highlight of the Ya'ahowu Festival. For 5 full consecutive days, intriguing art performances and cultural traditions from across the Nias Islands will highlight the festival. All district governments together with the people of Nias will showcase their finest performances. Among these is the legendary barefeet stone jumping tradition called Fahombo, as well as other unique folk games such as Rago Ue, Fafusi, Fabelugama, and Fabiri. This year, for the first time, the Ya'ahowu Festival will be held jointly by the 4 regencies and 1 city comprising the Nias Islands. In previous editions, each regency staged its own festival separately. "The city of Gunungsitoli has been appointed as host in this year's festival following the agreement reached in the Forum by all administrative heads", said Sowaan Laoli, Deputy Mayor of Gunungsitoli who also heads the Organizing Committee of the Ya'ahowu Festival 2017.