Every six months, the festivals of Galungan and Kuningan are celebrated in Bali.
This is the time that dharma (light) overpowers adharma (dark).
Galungan is the time that the ancestors visit the earth and their respective families. They are welcomed to the family compounds with a variety of offerings. Families get together to share their blessings, reflections and set intentions to continue to become better people. The characteristic penjors can be seen for a month, reaching high to the heavens with abundant and symbolic offerings. A majestic sight to behold.
Ten days after Galungan is Kuningan; the day the ancestors leave again and Balinese proclaim to feel refreshed, clear and calm. Schools are closed for two weeks and workschedules are light. Many an expat and tourist is baffled by the frequency and quantity of the Balinese ceremonies, often wondering if they are tourist attractions. They are not. It is the way of life here.
A way to take into account community, nature and its abundance, being grateful for life as well as recognising and honouring our humanity. Everything is energy and so are we. The Balinese culture is all about that, traditionally. And naturally.
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