Nasi Tumpeng (rice cone) is one of the 30 traditional Indonesian culinary icons established by the Indonesian Minister of Tourism and Creative Economy in 2012. Tumpeng is prepared equally in both religious and traditional festivals or celebrations.
The idea of Tumpeng is to serve the rice in the shape of a mountain, arranged along with its garnishes. The conical form is related to the philosophy and geography of Indonesia, a territory where there is a lot of rice and many volcanoes.
The conical form, which rises and thins, represents the concept of God, who is at the top, in the highest degree, and is one. This high-rise concept also illustrates the hope that the standard of living will be higher or more prosperous.
One of the Tumpeng made by Indonesian citizens in Mexico (Photo: Renta Uli Panggabean)
Tumpeng rice is usually served in a tampah (a traditional round-shaped bowl made of woven bamboo) covered with banana leaves and surrounded by garnishes. The communities on the islands of Java, Bali and Madura are the ones that practice the custom of making Tumpengs to celebrate important events, such as births or birthdays, marriages or thanksgiving ceremonies.
The preparation of Tumpeng is an important part of the festivities in Indonesia. It represents, during the shared celebration, a form of thanks to the Almighty for the abundance of crops and other blessings. That's why Nasi Tumpeng now serves as the birthday cake so often.
A modified Tumpang as a birthday cake (Photo: Quetalmexico)
When a party is celebrated, the top of the cone is cut and delivered to the most important, most honest, most glorified or older people, depending on the situation. This is intended to show respect among people.
The moment when cutting the top of the cone (Photo: www.pixabay.com)
Delivery of Nasi Tumpeng by the Ambassador in Mexico, Cheppy, and his wife, Yosepha Dewi Ariesanti (Photo: Quetalmexico)
Next, all the people who were invited to the party and attended to share, take a portion of Nasi Tumpeng and its garrisons. Thus the Indonesians show gratitude to God while celebrating union and harmony.