The custom sees young girls dress up in traditional Wakatobi clothes with headdresses made of colorful paper flowers. They sit on a palanquin carried by a group of men (usually family relatives) and are paraded along the streets enlivened by the dancing and singing of older women. Karia’a is intended to purify their souls before reaching adolescence. You can observe this ritual right across the islands after Eid al-Fitr or Eid al-Adha.

Karia Parade in Wakatobi WAVE - Photo by Muh Iskandar Zulkarnain