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CEREMONIES AND RITUALS

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!

 

EKA DASA RUDRA

Eka Dasa Rudra is a series of processions, ceremonies, and sacrifices held every 100 years at Pura Besakih, the "mother temple" of Bali. Unfortunately, this magnificent ceremony is also a painful memory for Balinese people: On March 17, 1963, the Eka Dasa Rudra was under way when Agung catastrophically erupted and killed more ...

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 ...

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

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 ...

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 ...

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