Galungan & Kuningan Festival




Galungan is a Balinese holiday which celebrates the victory of dharma over adharma (the triumph of good over evil). The most obvious sign of the celebrations are the penjor - bamboo poles with offerings suspended at the end which line the roads. A number of days around Galungan and Kuningan day have special names and are marked by the organization of particular activities.

Celebrated every 210 days according to the Hindu Saka Calendar, Galungan symbolized has its origin in the mythology of “Mayadenawa”. It is believed that during the ten days of Galungan, all the gods, as well as the supreme deity Ida Sang Hyang Widi, will come down to earth and join the festivities. The Balinese also believe that the spirit of ancestors and deceased relatives return to visit their homes, and for this reason the various rituals conducted and offerings given to welcome them.

During Galungan, a ceremony known as Ngelawang is performed in every village. Ngelawang is a ritual to expel evil and any negative spirit, which is performed by "barong" - a divine protector in the form of a mythical beast. 

10 days after Galungan - Kuningan - Prayers, offerings - spirits return to heaven

The last and pinnacle event is called Kuningan. After the Galungan period, the deceased spirits and ancestors leave their home and return. Hindu deities including Sang Hyang Widi, the Supreme God also visits to give blessings to all the people on earth.

Upcoming Galungan and Kuningan dates:

Galungan 2021 : April 14 & Kuningan  : April 24

Galungan 2021 : November 10 & Kuningan : November 20

Mark your calendar, and book the flight to see the Balinese cultures combined with religious activity, it's the best time to observed Bali and it's unique culture.

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Source aricle : https://www.indonesia.travel/id/id/event-festivals/the-galungan-and-kuningan-religious-festivals-on-bali & https://www.balispirit.com/community/ceremony-public/galungan-and-kuningan


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