Balinese Hindu

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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