Must-See Events on Lake Toba

Attending cultural and local events are the best way to enjoy and understand the life of a population. Many things had been happening on Lake Toba until the COVID-19 pandemic broke out in March 2020. We are monitoring the situation, events and festivals for you and will update this page accordingly. Below is an example of regular event on Lake Toba.

Sigale-Gale Dance, Daily 10.30 am

Tomok presents the Sigale-gale dance every day at 10.30 am, assuming enough tourists show up. A sculpture made of wood that resembles a human being features the traditional dance. According to the legend, the doll originated from the story of a king in Samosir who lost his only son and heir apparent due to his death. The king had been in deep sorrow for a long time before he fell sick. He received various treatments, but none was successful. Then some king’s advisers made a wooden statue that resembled his son. After the figure was ready, the advisers then performed several ceremonies including the calling of the spirit of the son to get into Sigale Gale, the statue. He danced for his father and made the king happy and recover. See more.

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