Galungan and Kuningan Ceremony
Galungan and Kuningan
Galungan and Kuningan ceremony is one of the biggest ceremony for hindu religion.
The people in Bali sprouts Penjor , it is flimsy bamboo pole which Adorned with flower , fruit and coconut decoration leaves. Penjor are found on every Balinese home, fluttering aimlessly in the breeze.
Galungan is commemorating good over evil . The day before Galungan, men of the village unsuspecting pig which is to become the temple sacrifice. The meat is used to make traditional spicy “lawar” dishes containing satay, jackfruit, dozens of herbs and spices and always enough to feed a small army. Balinese mythology is colorful to say the least and the story behind Galungan takes it to a whole new level. Briefly, it involves a shape-shifting evil giant, rivers of blood and a year-long battle royal between the Gods. During Galungan the Godly spirits return to earth and expect to be welcomed and entertained with important Balinese rituals and extravagant feasts.
Kuningan is the last ceremony day of the festival which brings proceedings to a close. It is all a much regimented occasion where every member of the household has specific tasks to perform and dressed in their “Sunday best” finery. The preceding days are all full of feverish activity – cooking, cleaning and making offerings. You’ll see the roads filled with convoys of scooters ferrying neatly dressed worshippers to and from temples carrying huge baskets of fruit, flowers or even live chickens.