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Galungan, welcoming the spirits of the ancestors

Galungan is one of the most important festivals celebrating the victory of dharma (virtue) over adharma (vice). It marks a 10 day period when the spirits of the ancestors are believed to visit the island. Balinese Hindu families will welcome the spirits with prayers and offerings.

 

Event Details & Program

Dressed in traditional clothes you will see women in processions, balancing on their heads the offerings made out of fruit and flowers, stacked up high and neatly in baskets. The posture and natural balance of the women of Bali would make any supermodel jealous.
The streets are also an amazing sight: filled with the beautiful ‘penjor’, a tall bamboo pole decorated with different patterns of woven palm leaves while lower at the base a special covered stand is made to place some small offerings. Each house and building will have their own penjor and their intricate patterns and colors are worth our attention and admiration.

 

Main Artist / Performer

The Galungan celebration will go on for 10 days until Kuningan, the day when the spirits leave earth.

 

 

 

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