Indonesia is known as a country that has a lot of local wisdom in the form of traditional ceremonies or traditions from each region. One of the traditional ceremonies that is still preserved today is the Kasada Ceremony or Yadnya Kasada. The Kasada ceremony originates from East Java, to be precise on Mount Bromo, where the Tengger tribe lives. This traditional ceremony is a holiday for the Tengger people who adhere to Hindu Dharma teachings. In its implementation, Yadnya Kasada is carried out by holding offerings in the form of offerings to Sang Hyang Widhi, as a manifestation of Batara Brahma. History of the Kasada Ceremony The Kasada ceremony is held on the 14th day of the Kasada month according to the traditional Tengger calendar. The date for the Kasada Ceremony coincides with July 20 each year.
Yadnya Kasada has been held for generations since the Majapahit Empire still existed several hundred years ago. The origins of Upcara Kasada are closely related to the legend of Rara Anteng and Jaka Seger. These two figures are also the ancestors of the Tengger Tribe, which comes from a combination of the two names, namely Anteng and Seger become Tengger. It is said that Rara Anteng was the daughter of Prabu Brawijaya, King of Majapahit. Meanwhile, Jaka Seger is the son of a Brahmin from Kediri. After marriage, the two lived near Mount Bromo. It’s just that the two were never blessed with children. Then Rara Anteng and Jaka Seger said to Sang Hyang Widhi Wasa and promised that if they were given children they would sacrifice one of them. Long story short, the husband and wife finally got pregnant and gave birth to 25 children. But Rara Anteng and Jaka Seger never kept their promise.
The attitude of the two who denied it made Dewa angry. Then there was a disaster on Mount Bromo, causing one of their children named Raden Kusuma to disappear. Raden Kusuma was then considered to have sacrificed and become a savior for his other siblings. Since then, the descendants of Rara Anteng and Jaka Seger have always given offerings every 14th day of the Kasada month, which is now known as the Kasada Ceremony or Yadnya Kasad.