Sepik River Crocodile & Arts Festival

Momase Region
Ambunti-Drekikir District, Ambunti, East Sepik, Papua New Guinea
Contact Info
Mr. Jeicob Marek, President of the Sepik River Crocodile Festival organizing committee, email:  

5th to 7th August 2024

The Sepik River Crocodile Festival is a three-day cultural celebration staged annually in Ambunti, East Sepik Province of Papua New Guinea.

The festival is usually held every first weekend of August, this 2024 ‘save the date’ for August 5th – 7th to experience one of East Sepik’s popular and most exciting cultural festivals.

The Sepik River Crocodile Festival highlights the importance of the crocodile and its cultural significance to the people of the Sepik River.

The Sepik River is one of the largest rivers in the Asia-Pacific region and is home to some of the world’s largest freshwater and saltwater crocodile populations.

In Sepik culture men and crocodile share a special bond. The Crocodile symbolizes strength, power and manhood.  Skin-cutting initiations continue in Sepik River communities where men proudly wear scars cut into their skin during the rite of passage. These scars, resembling the back of a crocodile, run from the shoulder to the hip.

Crocodiles are significant to the Sepik culture where they have cultural traditions, beliefs and legends based on this ancient animal.  


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