Culture in Bali (Galungan Day)

Hello Travelers,

Just captured few moments during Galungan Day in Bali which is excessively celebrated all over Bali. Galungan Day falls every six months or 210 days (based on Caka Calendar); every month consists of 35 days. The aim is to reflect the the gratefulness of to win the battle of goods versus evils. During this day, Balinese Hindu will pray and share certain offering to Gods.

Galungan Day - People pray at Pura Luhur Batukaru

Galungan Day – People pray at Pura Luhur Batukaru

I having a chance to see the process. Their activities for Galungan Day is started from 25 days prior. It is called Tumpek Bubuh – a ceremony that falls every Saturday. The aim of the ceremony to ask to God to give a richness of the natural resources which might we use for Galungan as well as to purify the universe. More information can be found in Bahasa Indonesia by following this [link].

In Galungan day, usually all family gathered together, decorates the temple and provide some offerings at their houses and dressed their self to pray by visiting temples which is used to be started from the family temple (merajan). The most noticeable characteristic we me found during Galungan is penjor that raised in front of every house or alleys. Penjor represents the bhakti of people to Gods for His grace to bless us. People are used to hang and put some decorations of fruits and other natural resources (known as pala gantung).
Galungan in Batungsel village - People on the way to Pura Dalem

Galungan in Batungsel village – People on the way to Pura Dalem

Furthermore, people use to slaughter pig which represents the laziness or any bad habits that is hope will not be absorbed by our mind, body and spirit. Hence, an offering to evils also  prepared in order to keep them away which then will not annoy the harmony of Galungan.
The uniqueness and the harmony of the celebration are simply teach us how to keep the balance of the universe.
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