Known as Pati Ka Du’a Bapu Ata Mata it is an annual festival on 14th August honoring the ancestors at Kelimutu. Lio people believe Kelimutu is the final resting place of all souls making it the place where our life journey comes to an end. During the festival various types of food are sacrificed and offered to the ancestors, showing gratitude for the past year and praying for blessings for the coming year. Every year hundreds of people go on a pilgrimage up to the peak of mount Kelimutu. Starting from 2014 this ritual was officially hosted and organized by the Kelimutu National Park and the Culture and Tourism Department of Ende.
The procession starts with a communal preparation and gathering at the National Park parking lot, followed by a hiking tour up the mountain to Tiwu Ata Polo where a stone altar is placed. The altar is the center of the whole ritual as it is the place where all the food is offered and presented. Chants and prayers accompany the rite. Afterwards a series of cultural performances are held back in the valley
You are invited to participate in this event. It is a unique way to celebrate local belief in Ende (Central Flores).