ALA BALOEL 15TH JUNE 2018 ALOR IS­LAND

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Ala Baloel is a sig­nif­i­cant tra­di­tional and cul­tural cer­e­mony held yearly on Alor Is­land to re­pel evil spir­its and bad luck. While you’re there, you could also visit Tak­pala Tra­di­tional Vil­lage, Mom­bang, Alor Ma­rine Na­ture Park, and the is­land of Alor Ke­cil. Alor Is­land or Pu­lau Alor is an un­touched par­adise that is lo­cated just east of Flo­res Is­land. It is part of the Alor Ar­chi­pel­ago and is home to 150,000 peo­ple who speak 15 dif­fer­ent lan­guages along with Ba­hasa In­done­sia. The cap­i­tal city of Alor is Kal­abahi, with an air­port with flights to and from Ku­pang. While the ma­jor­ity of the is­land’s pop­u­la­tion is Protes­tant, there are also Mus­lims and Ro­man Catholics who live side by side in har­mony as they con­tinue to strongly prac­tice and in­te­grate an­i­mistic rites and tra­di­tions. Also on Alor Is­land is an At­las Pearls farm where some of the world’s most beau­ti­ful and sought-af­ter South Sea Pearls are pro­duced and cul­ti­vated.

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