Karapan Sapi, Bull Race from Madura, Indonesia

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Karapan sapi is a traditional bull racing culture festival on the Indonesian island of Madura. A depiction of the festival was featured on the reverse of the 100 rupiah coin for Indonesia from 1991 to 1998.

Every year from about July through October, local bulls are yoked to wooden skids and raced for 130 meters, similar to a chariot race. The bulls participating in the event are adorned with gold and other decorations, and the event may be accompanied by Gamelan music, food, and wagers on the outcome of the race. People who want to see the race should have to come in Madura and enjoy this race for sure.

The race will begin until 14 seconds up to 18 seconds and the track will be on 200 meters long. This is also the most interesting event in Madura, and there are many people who can’t just wait to see this event. The winner will surely get a pile of money, and that’s why this is the most wanted even for Madurese.

There are several of these races throughout the season, and there is a final trophy race held in Pamekasan. An Indonesian stamp issued in 2009 also depicted the race, along with the Suramadu (Surabaya–Madura) Bridge.

All visitors from other countries and Indonesian people can always see this traditional racing which full of the adrenalin rush and it will always begin around August to October.

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