On the 10th of November Bali is celebrating Galungan. It is the celebration of the victory of dharma over adharma (the victory of good over evil.) It marks the time when ancestral spirits of deceased relatives visit the Earth. The last day of the celebration is Kuningan, when they leave earth. The spirits of deceased relatives return to visit their former homes and the Balinese have a responsibility to be hospitable and welcoming to their past ancestors through prayers and offerings throughout their home. The most obvious sign of the celebrations are the penjor – bamboo poles with offerings placed in front of every Balinese house or building, in line at the street.
This cycle is every 6 to 7 months, based on the Balinese Calender. But it is more than the 2 Big Ceremonies, also 3 days before it already starts:
- 3 days before – Penyekeban – Cooking of bananas for offerings
- 2 days before – Penyajaan – Making of jaja (fried rice cakes) for offerings
- 1 day before – Penampahan – Sacrificing of pigs or chicken for feasts
These days you spend, pray and celebrate with the whole family, it is all about happiness and positivity.
This is also Bali!
Warm greetings to you, from all of us.
The Orange Rose Team,
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