Sumatra's long history and rich culture are reflected in the wide variety of events and festivals that take place on the island.  The Krakatau Festival, for example, is a festive commemoration of the deadly eruption of the volcano Krakatau (anak Krakatoa) in 1883.  It takes place each July in Bandar Lampung.

 The Sriwijaya Festival, which takes place each June in Palembang, is an exciting cultural festival.