Galungan and Kuningan celebrations in Bali
Galungan is one of the most important Balinese holidays of the year, lasting 10 days, it celebrates the victory of Dharma over Adharma (the triumph of good over evil in the Hindu religion) and marks the time when the ancestral spirits of deceased relatives visit Earth. The spirits 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. This is a truly unique time to be in Bali and during this time there are many different ceremonies and sights to behold on the island.
Galungan day – the first day – is celebrated at the family temple and is synonymous with abundant food and drink and everybody dresses in their best traditional ceremonial attire. It is a day for the Balinese to remind themselves of the long lineage of their ancestors. All local temples are extremely crowded and colorful on Galungan day, and it is a beautiful time to observe one of the most fascinating elements of Bali’s spiritual culture.
A telltale sign of the arrival of Galungan is the ubiquitous Penjor – arched bamboo poles decorated with all sorts of leaves and flowers, which line the streets of every town in Bali. These Penjors are intended to guide the spirits into their households.
Every village also performs a Barong ceremony, where a mythical beast enters the houses of the villagers to restore the balance between good and evil. The last day of the celebration is Kuningan, when the ancestors leave the earth again.
This year Galangun is on February 19th 2020 until February 29th 2020.
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