Galungan & Kuningan Celebrations

Monday, September 05, 2016

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The most auspicious holiday on Bali’s cultural calendar will occur this month for followers of the Hindu faith. Galungan on 7th September 2016 essentially marks the beginning of a 10-day festival involving elaborate offerings, prayers and traditional food.

Balinese offering - Canang

The Balinese will return home to their ancestral villages to appease the gods and spirits of defied ancestors who have temporarily descended to the physical world. A number of symbolic rites will be performed over the following days and celebrations will peak with an important ceremony on Kuningan Day on 17th September 2015. 


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Preparations for this special holiday period include the slaughtering of pigs whereby the meat is cooked in a variety of ways.




slaughtering of pigs (photo by


Decorated bamboo poles and shrines, known as penjor, are also placed out the front of every home and business to represent Bali’s sacred Mount Agung. Galungan is generally a time of great happiness for the Balinese people when extended families reunite and everyone gathers to pray and feast together.

The underlying philosophy of this festival is to honour the victory of good over evil.  

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