Monday, May 3, 2010

To The Balinese Happy Galungan May 12th 2010

Next week Balinese will be celebrating Galungan which occurs every 210 days and lasts for 10 days.
It celebrates the coming of the gods and the ancestral spirits to earth to dwell again in the homes of their descendants.
The festivities are characterized by offerings, dances and new clothes. The ancestors must be suitably entertained and welcomed, and prayers and offerings must be made for them. Families whose ancestors have not been cremated yet, but remain buried in the village cemetery, must make offerings at the graves.
Business will give staff the day before Galungan and the Day after Galungan off
This is the most important holiday symbolizing the victory of Virtue (Dharma) upon Evil (Adharma). The holiday is specialized by the fitting of 'penjor', a tall bamboo pole splendidly decorated with woven young coconut leaves, fruit, cakes and flowers, on the right side of every house entrance. People are attired in their finest clothes and jewels this day.

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