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Kuningan Day Holiday

Kuningan Day

Kuningan Day is 10 days after Galungan.  You may notice businesses closed as Balinese Hindus’ return to their home to celebrate with their families. They participate in ritual prayers where they celebrate the return of their spiritual ancestors to heaven and express gratitude to the Gods.

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Kuningan comes from the word “kuning” meaning yellow. The celebration of Kuningan is similar to Galungan, however yellow is used as an offering instead of white.

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The bamboo poles known as Penjors, previously erected at the entrance to businesses and houses is redecorated substituting the colours of white with yellow. This symbolises prosperity.

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The Galungan Holiday

Galungan is one of the most important recurring Hindu celebrations of the religious calendar when the creator of the universe and the spirits of ancestors are honored. This is when the spirits of deceased relatives return to visit their former homes for 10 days until another Hindu celebration, know as Kuningan. Current inhabitants have a responsibility to be hospitable through prayers and offerings.

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The most obvious sign of the celebrations are the penjor – bamboo poles with offerings suspended at the end. These are installed by the side of roads.

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Local Balinese Hindus can be seen walking and driving to temples wearing their ceremony best, often carrying offerings of food and flowers.

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Balinese Offerings to the Gods…

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Daily offerings to God, also known as canang sari or blessings, are a fundamental part of every day life for the Balinese.  Canang Sari are usually made every morning.

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The Hindu Balinese believe offerings appease the spirits and brings prosperity and good health to the family. It is a duty and an honour at the same time.

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The placing of offerings can be seen daily on beaches, footpaths, at temple steps and shrines.  It is a daily ritual of giving back what has been given to you by the Gods. It is believed to be a sharing based on gratitude for the privilege of existence.

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When Hindus devote their offerings and prayers, it is believed God’s universe is recharged and continues its existence unaffected. To not observe this responsibility is to bring disturbance upon the Balinese and their world.

Offerings are made on a daily basis crafted from the natural kaleidoscope of beauty found in Bali’s forests, farms and general vegetation.

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TANAH LOT: One of the most beautiful temples on the island

Tanah Lot is one of the most popular (& probably one of the most photographed) places of interest in Bali.  It is a temple located on the coast of West Bali, at the village of Beraban in the Tabanan Regency.

It’s also called known as Tanah Let which means ancient land and also Tanah Lod, which means the land to the south.

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It’s ocean-front location is dramatic built on a small promontory which is only accessible at low tide. Due to its shape, the rock that is Tanah Lot takes on the appearance of a large boat at sea during high water.

Poisonous snakes live in the nearby caves to ‘guard’ the temple and contribute to the temple’s dangerous reputation.

Sunset is the best time to visit Tanah lot, when the golden red skies frame the temple and waves crash into the rocks.

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HINT:  It is advisable to avoid the tourist crush here as it can be severe.