The Kerapan Sapi (Bull
Race) is an annual event that draws visitors and enthusiasts from
different parts of Indonesia and the world. The Kerapan Sapi is
held at Madura Island. These bull races are very singular to
Madura Island. The Kerapan Sapi was born out of the custom of
plough teams racing and competing against each other across barren
fields. This was a sporting love of an early King of Sumenep, one
of the towns on the island. The Kerapan Sapi is held nowadays from
August to October. This festival gives a golden opportunity to the
locals to throw overgenerous festivals to follow the races.
The bull races finally end in the grand finals held in Pamekasan,
the capital. Before the racing starts the bulls are paraded
through the towns, decorated with flowers, ribbons and gilded
halters. It is really a wonderful spectacle to see different bulls
dressed in a colorful way and parading down the roads.
While the Gamelan
musicians divertimento the bulls they are fed arak (a potent South
East Asian rice-wine spirit). This is done in order to excite the
bulls for the race. Only then are they set free to charge down the
track, or into the audience as occasionally happens.
The race does not take much time as the bulls break the human 100
metres record by crossing the distance in just nine seconds. The
Kerapan Sapi will start from 9 am onwards this year.
The Kerapan Sapi is filled with excitement and thrill. You will
certainly enjoy every moment of the race.
The quickest and comfortable way to get to
Madura Island is by air and there are flights connect to Madura
Trunojoyo Airport (Indonesian: Bandara Trunojoyo) is an
airport near Sumenep at Madura Island.
Airfast Indonesia and
offers schedule commercial flight to
Airport from Surabaya.
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