PenampahanGalungan / 4th April 2017
The day before Galungan is a busy time for Bali’s Hindu community. Special offerings are prepared and pigs are slaughtered across the island ready to be cooked for a festive feast. Decorated bamboo poles are erected in front of every home as a shrine to represent Bali’s sacred mountain and the bounty of the land.
Galungan Day / 5th April 2017
Galungan marks the beginning of a ten-day religious festival when the gods and spirits of defied ancestors are believed to temporarily return to earth. It also celebrates the universal battle of good triumphing over evil. The Balinese return home to their ancestral villages to reunite with extended family members where everyone prays and eats together.
ManisGalungan / 6th April 2017
Once all the ceremonial duties of Galungan are complete, it is time to dress up and go out. Traditionally, this occasion meant visiting friends and relatives. Nowadays, the Balinese tend to prefer going to the beach, shopping mall, cinema or a local attraction.
Kuningan Day / 15th April 2017
The festivities of Galungan draw to a close on Kuningan Day. A special ceremony is performed in every family temple around the island to symbolically honour the spirits of defied ancestors and bid farewell as they return to the heavens above.