Balinese ceremonies in April

Galungan (4-6 April) is a day when Ba- linese Hindus commemorate the leg- endary battle of good versus evil or the triumph of the spread of Hinduism in Bali. Offerings and prayers take place at family shrines and village temples on April 5.

The eve of April 4th, sees all Balinese house- holds busy in preparations, by decorating curved bamboo poles with elements of har- vests and natural products, such as rice, fruit, coconuts, and leaves. These ‘penjor’ poles symbolize blessing by Mother Nature. The following day, Umanis Galungan is a day for friendly visits to neighbours and relatives.

Then on 15th of April, there is Kuningan Day, which roughly takes place 10 days after the Galungan celebrations. Offerings and prayers are conducted at temples and shrines before noon. One of the island’s most notable temples, Sakenan on Serangan Island, holds sacred dances and flows of pilgrims from all over the island come during its three-day celebrations This month there is also one big temple celebration in one of the most beau- tiful spots on the island. Uluwatu Temple has its ‘piodalan’ anniversary on 25th of April. Balinese Hindu pilgrims from all around the island attend the celebration.

Uluwatu Temple, or Pura Luhur Uluwatu, one of six key temples believed to be Bali’s spiritual pillars, is renowned for its magnificent location, perched on top of a steep cliff approximately 70 meters above sea level. This is definitely one of the top places on the island to go to for sunset delights, with direct views overlooking the beautiful Indian Ocean and daily Kecak dance performances.■

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