Full moon happenings in October

Tirta Empul Temple Piodalan Anniversary

Date: 5 October 2017
Location: Manukaya Village, Tampaksiring, Gianyar

Tirta Empul is an important temple complex and holy mountain spring, located in the village of Manukaya in central Bali. The site serves as a legendary setting of a traditional tale about good versus evil. It is also a national cultural heritage site. Tirta Empul, meaning ‘holy water spring’ is actually the name of a water source located within the temple. The spring feeds various purification baths, pools and fish ponds surrounding the outer perimeter, which all flow to the Tukad Pakerisan River. Various sites throughout the region and many other archaeological relics relate to local myths and legends. The temple celebrates its piodalan temple anniversary every ‘fourth full moon’ known as Purnama.

Rice Cake Wars Date

Date: 5 October 2017
Location: Jalan Raya Kapal, Mengwi

Every full moon of the fourth month the villagers of Kapal gather in front of the village temple where prayers and blessings take place. After that, they proceed towards the foyer and streets where they divide into two groups armed with baskets of rice cakes called tipat bantal.

They start to throw rice cakes at each other in this funny war with lots of laughter. The event signifies blessings and prosperity for the whole agrarian village. After the battle, the remainders are spread over rice fields. This century-old tradition is truly a spectacle not to be missed.■

Bali Pocket Magazine