Happy Galungan and Kuningan Day in Bali!

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Happy Galungan and Kuningan Day!

Is a Balinese holiday celebrating the victory of Dharma over Adharma or good against evil. It marks the time when the ancestral spirits visit the Earth.

Traditionally, Galungan day sees the slaughtering of pigs for communal feasts, as well as baking traditional rice cakes and erecting iconic bamboo poles. These intricately decorated poles, naturally curved at the top, comprise harvest items such as rice, fruits, coconuts and coconut leaves.

Celebrants in traditional attire, attend temple ceremonies with their families, bringing with them offerings of fruits to temples and family shrines – which they share and enjoy after prayers.

The day of Galungan is important for the Balinese, similar to a New Year, when everyone returns to their families and home villages.

The following Thursdays, Manis Galungan is a day to visit friends and family. Kuningan, also marks the end of the 10-day festival.

The ceremony surrounding Kuningan to special offerings made of yellow turmeric rice. Yellow is also the color of the god Wisnu, the protector of the Hindu trinity.

The Kuningan celebrations are most significant at Sakenan Temple on Serangan Island, southern Denpasar. The occasion features a series of sacred dance performances and rituals, with pilgrims attending from all over the island.

Galungan is celebrated again on November 1-3.

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