Grebeg Suro dan Festival Reyog Nasional, event tahunan yang dirayakan masyarakat Ponorogo, merupakan moment penting bagi semua kalangan dan lapisan masyarakat, bahkan penyelenggaraan kegiatan Grebeg Suro menjadi barometer perkembangan Seni Budaya masyarakat dan juga merupakan kepedulian pemerintah Kabupaten Ponorogo terhadap pengembangan dunia pariwisata di Ponorogo.
Datangnya tahun baru Islam banyak diperingati di berbagai daerah di Indonesia dengan berbagai macam kegiatan sesuai dengan ciri khas masing-masing. di Kabupaten Ponorogo perayaan tahun baru Islam dikenal dengan nama Grebeg Suro, bertujuan untuk melestarikan dan mengembangkan seni Budaya khas Ponorogo, sehingga menarik kunjungan wisatawan domestik maupun manca negara, serta diharapkan dapat meningkatkan kesejahteraan masyarakat, dalam rangka mewujudkan Ponorogo "MUKTI WIBOWO"
FESTIVAL REYOG NASIONAL XVI TAHUN 2009
* PERINGKAT 1 Nomor Penampilan (35) SINGO TIRANG LINDU PANON - KOTA SEMARANG
* PERINGKAT 2 Nomor Penampilan (36) SARDULO KRIDHO - DKI JAKARTA 2
* PERINGKAT 3 Nomor Penampilan (16) KRIDHO TARUNO - SMAN 2 PONOROGO
* PERINGKAT 4 Nomor Penampilan (23) SINGO AGLAR NUSWANTORO - KEC PONOROGO
* PERINGKAT 5 Nomor Penampilan (49) SMKN2 WONOGIRI
*PERINGKAT 6 Nomor Penampilan (47) SINGO MANGKU JOYO - KOTA SURABAYA
* PERINGKAT 7 Nomor Penampilan (48) PUDAK ARUM - PT SEMEN GRESIK
* PERINGKAT 8 Nomor Penampilan (32) SINGO BUDOYO MUDHO - DKI JAKARTA 1
* PERINGKAT 9 Nomor Penampilan (51) SIDOARJO GUMREGAH - KAB. SIDOARJO
* PERINGKAT 10 Nomor Penampilan (37) PUSPO ARUM - KAB. TRENGGALEK
PENERIMA PIALA PEMBINA REYOG PADA FESTIVAL REYOG NASIONAL XVI
* Nomor Penampilan (43) BATAM MADANI - KOTA BATAM
* Nomor Penampilan (34) SINGO MULANG JOYO - KOTA METRO LAMPUNG
* Nomor Penampilan (27) GOGOR BENUA ETAM - KAB. KUTAI KARTANEGARA
* Nomor Penampilan (39) SINGO BUDOYO - KOTA TARAKAN
* Nomor Penampilan (28) SINGO WESI WOJO - PT. KRAKATAU STEEL - KOTA CILEGON
* Nomor Penampilan (50) PT INDOCEMENT - KABUPATEN BOGOR
* Nomor Penampilan (38) SINGO WAROPEN - KAB. WAROPEN - PAPUA
* Nomor Penampilan (09) DWIJO MANGGOLO KRIDHO - KECAMATAN SOOKO
* Nomor Penampilan (24) REYOG SOLAH WETAN - KECAMATAN SAWOO
* Nomor Penampilan (17) TARUNO SURYO - SMA MUHAMMADIYAH I PONOROGOABOUT OF PONOROGO
HOW TO PONOROGO
The Ponorogo Regency was located on the south-west of Surabaya. The distance of the capital of the Ponorogo regency to the capital of this East Java province is about 200 km. This distance could reached by the land trip by bus during ± 5 hours. While, from the capital of the Country Jakarta be at 800 km. From Solo, the city of Central Java could be 3 hours through Wonogiri or 4 hours through Madiun. Usually Madiun becomes the capital of transit when the travelling person travelled by the train. In the meantime when they want to travel by the aircraft they could change to plane in Surabaya or in the Solo.
GATE ENTERING PONOROGO CITY
From the South, could be served by the Pacitan bus route - Ponorogo and Trenggalek - Ponorogo. There are various sorts of the route of the rural Transport (ANGDES) and the urban Transport (ANGKOT) In the personally regency. They connected the subdistrict with the capital of the regency. Could be said, there was no subdistrict that was not covered by the public's transport. Beside the ANGDES and ANGKOT they also has the pedicab transport, the buggy and the taxi bike
REYOG, THE IDENTITY OF PONOROGO
Ponorogo is most well known for the The dance known as Reyog. It is a very spectacular dance with several dancers wearing bright colorful costumes accompanied by merry gamelan music.
It is always played in the open terrain, such as in a square, street etc. This dance which always draws a lot of spectators is a traditional art dance combined with magical show or a trance dance.
The reog dates back during the Hindu period in East Java. The story is related with the legend in Ponorogo Kingdom (+/- 70 km South East of Solo). Nowadays reog dance groups can be found also in other regions of Solo, Yogya, Other Towns in East Java, Kalimantan, Jakarta, even in Suriname. One of the famous group is Reyog Prambanan in the border of Yogyakarta - Solo.
The powerful King Kelono Sewandono of Ponorogo Kingdom was famous with his fighting skills and magical power, accompanied by his Patih (Prime Minister) Bujanganom & his strong soldiers were attacked by King Singabarong, The King of Lions of Kediri Jungle, supported by his army, consisted of Lions and Peacocks.
At that time the Ponorogo's group were on the way to The Kingdom of Kediri guarding King Sewandono to marry Dewi Ragil Kuning, a princess of Kediri Kingdom.
There was a big fight between mighty warriors having magical power. The peacocks flew up and down flapping their wings to support The Lions - Singa Barong.
Bujanganom with his magic whip, supported by some Waroks in black traditional dress defeated The King Lion with all his followers.
The King of Ponorogo and his soldiers merrily continued their way to Kediri on horse back. Singa Barong joint the procession The Peacocks kept close to Singa Barong opened their tail feathers which looked like beautiful fan. (Warok of Ponorogo is a man with strong magical power, always dresses in black costumes)
The central figure of this dance is The Lion King Singa Barong represented by a dancer wearing a mask of a Lion carrying a large peacock feather fan on top of the mask (this mask is locally called : Topeng Dadak Merak). It weight around 50 kg. The dancer has to use his teeth to hold the mask from inside.
He must have a very strong set of teeth and neck to move around the mask Dadak Merak. On top of this, he has also to carry a lady representing Princess Ragil Kuning. Or sometimes, he has to demonstrate his skill and strength by carrying another mask dancer on top of him, and still he could dance with vigorous and fantastic movements.
King Kelono Sewandono wearing a mask and a crown is a stylish dancer, Bujanganom also wearing a mask is an acrobatic dancer.
THE WAROKS IN BLACK COSTUMES,
Jatilan - good looking young soldiers riding flat bamboo horses (Kuda Kepang).
Caplokan - Wears a dragon mask to lure Singa Barong to dance more livelly.
It is important to note that a reog dance group must have at least oneWong Tuwo" (Old Man) or "Wong Pinter" (Clever Man) dealing with magical matters.
In a certain celebration several reog groups could perform together, sometimes until 100 groups.
Nowadays there is a reog groups with all dancers are woman, the only one is from Wonogiri regency, district of Slogohimo (50 km South of Solo).
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