Tumpek Kandang—Blessings for Animals

Tumpek Kandang is a special day filled with dedicated blessings for animals, livestock and pets. One more beautiful tradition of Balinese people that you can witness. Various offerings are made to the Hindu god Rudra for successful farming and animal welfare, aimed at the harmony of the environment and which contribute to human sustenance and happiness. The day is part of a series of other Tumpek days aimed at the blessings of different subjects, namely Tumpek Uduh for plants, Tumpek Landep for metal objects and tools, Tumpek Kuningan for ancestral spirits, Tumpek Wayang for wayang shadow puppets and Tumpek Krulut for traditional gamelan music instruments—all which occur in a 210-day cycle on the Pawukon calendar.

This day is dedicated to Sang Hyang Rare Angon, the god of all cattle and livestock. On this day, Balinese show their appreciation and thankfulness to all domestic animals that help them in everyday life. Tumpek Kandang, also called Tumpek Andang, falls on Saturday the 30th of April. The name Tumpek Kandang derives from two words—“Tumpek” that means Saturday that coincide with Kliwon (name of a day based on Pancawara) and “Kandang” refers to Balinese word for pen, symbolizing the domestic animals that Balinese Hindu honor highly. They include cows, pigs, chickens, ducks, dogs and birds.

All of those animals in Bali receive a great attention; the cows are washed in the river and dressed-up like human beings, with a special cone-shaped spiral of coconut leaf placed on their horns. The pigs are decorated, with their bellies wrapped with a white or yellow cloth. All animals get only the best food. A special offering is made for Sang Hyang Rare Angon, the god of all cattle and livestock and prayer is offered to the God for the welfare of the domestic animals. Holy water and rice are sprinkled to the head of animals at the end of the ceremony.

There is the special ceremony on this day, west of Tanah Lot, in the temple named Pura Jero Kandang.

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