Sa’e Bua – Betel Nut Festival in Atauro
Every year in the month of July, people from five villages on the island of Atauro gather for a one-day betel nut harvest festival. At the heart of the event is a traditional ceremony to reaffirm peaceful relations between communities. The betel nut harvesters are extremely skilled: the areca palms are very tall and sway perilously in the wind. Once the crop has been brought down, the crowd samples the nuts and celebrates late into the night. Tourists are welcome.
Organisations: USAID’s Tourism For All Project
Authors: USAID’s Tourism For All Project/Ann Turner