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CEREMONIES AND RITUALS

CEREMONIES AND RELIGIOUS EVENTS

CEREMONIES AND RELIGIOUS EVENTS

Ceremonies are at the center of the spiritual life of Balinese people. You will often hear people say there is never a day in Bali without a ceremony, which is quite true. You will feel the spiritual rhythm in a constant celebration of life and nature by which Balinese people live their daily lives.

Balinese views on religion are very tolerant and most of the time, tourists are most welcome to attend. Just make sure you follow certain rules. Balinese people’s spiritual life has three essential influences:
 
Hinduism, but through different tradition and rites as in India.
Animism, an ancestral set of beliefs in which nature is godly and all living thing has a soul.

Ancestor Worshiping, where ancestors become godly and protect people. Ceremonies are held according to all theses different influences. They can be divided in two main branches:

  • Religious ceremonies
  • Life-Cycle ceremonies.


You will find here a few examples of the countless ceremonies happening each year. For more details, please check the calendar.

 

MELASTI & HARI RAYA NYEPI

Nyepi is a Hindu Day of Silence or the Hindu New Year in the Balinese Saka calendar. The largest celebrations are held in Bali as well as in Balinese Hindu communities around Indonesia. Preparation for Nyepi begins about one month before especially with the building of Ogooh-Ogooh, giant representation of evil spirits. The tension becomes ...

CREMATION

 The cremation (Ngaben) ritual is perform to remind us of the cosmic nature of life.   The tower represents the cosmos. The body is placed in the middle, as a symbol of its position, between the spiritual and the human worlds. The Sarcophagi, in which the body is burned, is the vehicule in which the soul leaves this world. ...

GALUNGAN & KUNINGAN

Held annually in the Wuku Calendar, the Galungan festivities last ten days, when Sanghyang Widi comes down to Earth. Deified ancestors of the family come down to the family home. They must be entertained and are welcomed by prayers and offerings. Families who haven’t yet cremated their ancestors must bring offerings to their graves. ...

HARI RAYA SARASWATI

This ceremony honors Batari Dewi Saraswati, wife of Brahma, goddess of arts, knowledge and science.   Saraswati rules the intellectual and creative realm, and is the patron goddess of libraries and schools. Balinese Hindus believe that knowledge is an essential medium to achieve the goal of life as a human being. This ceremony celebrates the ...

MELASTI

Melasti Ceremony is a Hindu religious ceremony to purify Bhuana Alit (small world) and Bhuana Agung (the universe), held as one of the rituals to welcome Nyepi Day (the Balinese New Year). This ceremony is performed with a parade procession followed by thousands of Balinese Hindu, bringing all the ceremony equipments, sacred objects from ...

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