The island of Gods, Bali, offers unforgettable ceremonies that show that Balinese honoring every aspect of their life. They celebrate their religion with offerings, dance, music, and colorful traditional clothing. To become the part of the ceremony – even if you’re only watching, will be one of the most unforgettable things you can do on this island.
Find out more about some of the major Balinese Hindu ceremonies!
Nyepi – The day of silence
Nyepi is not really a ceremony – it is a day of silence. This day marks the start of a new year on the Saka calendar. Nyepi day fully dedicated to connecting oneself closer with God – Hyang Widi Wasa. There are four basic restrictions on Nyepi day: no fire, no working, no traveling, and no leisure activities
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Galungan and Kuningan – The victory of good against evil
Galungan is a celebration of the victory of dharma (good) over adharma (evil). It lasted for 10 days and it is believed that during that period, Gods and spirits of ancestors will come to visit the earth and their former homes
Kuningan day is celebrated at the end of the Galungan holiday. Balinese believe that on this day, their ancestors return to heaven. They also make offerings to be given to the ancestors on their farewell day.
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Saraswati – The day of knowledge
Saraswati day celebrates the day when knowledge is given by God through the beautiful Goddess of Knowledge, Saraswati. Students in Balinese school will perform some rituals such as singing a holy song, dancing a traditional dance, decorating their school, etc
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Pagerwesi – The day of Wisdom
Three days after Saraswati day, Balinese celebrate Pagerwesi day – where they strengthen their minds and souls against evil forces. Pager and wesi in Balinese mean fence and iron which symbolized strong self-protection The God who is worshipped on this day is Sanghyang Paramesti Guru of God Shiva.
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Odalan – Temple festival
Usually, there are daily, weekly, monthly, and annual Odalan ceremony held by Balinese. It usually lasts for 3-7 days or more, depends on the size of the temple. Before Odalan, locals are busy preparing offerings and also decorating the temple 🛕 This ceremony is very important because it ensures spiritual harmony in the island.
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Among many ceremonies in Bali, one of them is to worship the God of animals, Sang Hyang Rare-Angon. Balinese consider animals as a friend for life because they assist humans in daily life
The celebration can be seen at zoos or wildlife preserves. This day reminds people to keep in touch with nature and be grateful for what it is provided.
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On this day, locals make offerings and pray to God for their tools which made of metals such as iron, bronze, gold, etc
Most Balinese people believe that these ceremonies and blessings will bring them luck and keep them safe. Tumpek Landep also reminds us to sharpen our thought that it will lead us to the purity of our soul.
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The ceremony is devoted to Sanghyang Sangkara, the God of food, which believed by the Balinese provide them with good crops and products. During the ceremony, Balinese pleasing Sanghyang Sangkara and asking for guidance on the cultivation, growth, harvesting, and preservation of the plants
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