High hopes for good fortune

A wrong move, and they could have tumbled into an active volcano, but that did not stop these villagers in East Java, Indonesia, from trying their luck at catching the money and offerings that were being thrown into the crater of Mount Bromo yesterday.

The offerings were being made by the Tenggerese people, who live on the slopes of the mountain, to mark the Yadnya Kasada festival in honour of Sang Hyang Widhi Wasa, the supreme god of Indonesian Hinduism.

The festival, which falls on the 14th day of the Kasada month in the traditional Hindu lunar calendar, sees worshippers presenting fruit, vegetables, livestock, flowers or rice as a way of giving thanks and to seek blessings from the diety.

Locals retrieve these offerings, as they believe this will bring them good luck.

A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on July 11, 2017, with the headline 'High hopes for good fortune'. Print Edition | Subscribe