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HARI RAYA SARASWATI

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 time when the Gods brought knowledge and wisdom to the Earth. On this day no one is allowed to read or write, and offerings are made to the lontar (palm-leaf manuscripts), books, and shrines. Saraswati Day is celebrated every 210 days and marks the start of the new year according to the Balinese Pawukon calendar.

Ceremonies and prayers are held at the temples in family compounds, villages and businesses from morning to noon. Prayers are also held in school or any other learning institution temples. Teachers and students abandon their uniforms for the day in place of bright and colourful ceremony gear, filling the island with color. Children bring fruit and traditional cakes to school for offerings.

If you are about to attend an exam after your return, this one is for you!

 

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. ...

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 ...

NGERUPUK

Ngerupuk is one of Balinese sacred Ceremony, held in order to drive away Evil, following a Mecaru Ceremony. This ceremony is usually held on the day before Nyepi.  Ngerupuk consists of several different acts. Spreading rice, smoking the house and yards, lighting up firecrackers around the house as well as both the front and backyard, ...

PAGERWESI

It means ''iron fence''. This celebration is all about protection in the everlasting battle of Good against Evil. Villagers raise penjors, as for Galungan, and bring offerings to their ancestors who haven’t been cremated yet. This ceremony takes place in Buleleng, in the northern parts of ...

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. ...

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