Bangka-Belitung is one of Indonesia provinces.
It includes two large islands, Bangka and Belitung, and several
smaller ones, which lie east of Sumatra, northeast of South Sumatra
province. Bangka Belitung (BABEL) Islands province is the 31st Province
in Indonesia, one of the newest provinces. Bangka Belitung get it’s
approved as a new province in 2001 separated with south Sumatra.
That acknowledgement is because of the people struggle. The region
that was a great tin mines, now already to reach the new phase in
its life. It provisioned with the beautiful of nature, and the uniquely
of culture, Bangka Belitung step to the better future.
Supported by the “Serumpun Sabalai” spirit and abundant
natural resources, it has been expecting a greater role to speed
up the island region's development, namely Bangka regency, Belitung
regency and Pangkal Pinang city through cooperation development.
That potency of culture and tourism is also supported by its strategic
location that can connect with other interesting area. The sea transportation
that become the most accessibility in Bangka Belitung Island, is
support its economics activities among the Islands.
The richness of Bangka Belitung Island of nature and tin mines until
its maritime rich, make Bangka Belitung a magnet for the new comers
to get a better life. A Balinese countryside is found in this Island
named Giri Jati village, complete with all of Bali culture that
remembering us to Bali Island. Beside Bali tribe, we also can found
Bugis tribe that adds the various cultures in Bangka Balitung Island.
This Bugis tribe can be found in the fishermen village at Tanjung
Binga. Otherwise, the original tribe, Melayu culture has strong
influence in the traditional ceremony and religious ceremony. One
of the ceremonies is Rebo Kasan Ceremony that done by Air Anyer
village people. It is believed that one day of a year, the God give
His 320,000 angels in the world. The people must together to pray.
This ceremony was held in the beach, but now on, it held in the
mosque then continued to the beach. Formerly, this ceremony become
the people party with its star party is ‘Dambus’ art.
Bangka Belitung province is located between 104°50'
- 109°30' East Longitude and 0°50' - 4°10' South Latitude,
with its total area of 81,724.54 km.
Administrativelly, Bangka Belitung comprises of 2 regencies
and 1 city, namely Bangka regency, Belitung regency and Pangkal
Pinang City, of which, the biggest regency's area is Bangka regency
with 11,534.14 km area, and the smallest is Pangkal Pinang City,
with 89.40 km area.
There are two seasons that are suitable for sailing to
these islands: February-March and October-November, when the wind
and the waves are low. The heaviest rainfall is around 2,500 mm
per annum with its average temperature between 25°C - 26°C.
In 2001, Babel's population was 920,729 consisted of 462,640
men and 458,089 women. The biggest population among the regencies
was Bangka regency, 583,841 people, while the most density population
was Pangkalpinang City, with its 1,396 people/km. In 2001, the growth
of population reached 1.49 % per annum averagely. Labor. In 2000,
its labor force recorded as many as 100,825 people.