Hooked to Lombok 'sea worm' festival

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At the annual Bau Nyale festival - known locally as the sea worm festival - in Praya, Lombok, in Indonesia's West Nusa Tenggara province, thousands of residents gather at the beach to catch nyale (colourful sea worms) that appear only once a year, the Jakarta Post said.

The festival which began on Feb 17 and ended on Monday is held to preserve tradition and attract tourists. Many are drawn to the festival, which included a fashion show, surfing contest and art and cultural performances this year.

A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on February 27, 2019, with the headline 'Hooked to Lombok 'sea worm' festival'. Print Edition | Subscribe