Holiday season is fast approaching and December promises a whole lot of festive fun with Christmas and Galungan celebrations happening at the same time.
There is no better time than the present to start planning for the upcoming holiday season. The island of Bali will be in full festive mode this coming December with Christmas followed directly by Galungan. This special time of the year will see Christians and Hindus both celebrate their respective holy days together.
Christmas marks the birth of Jesus and is observed with special church services, prayers, gifts and traditional food. Similarly, Galungan is also a time of unity when the Balinese return home to their ancestral temples to pray and reconnect with extended family members.
Galungan takes place every 210 day in accordance to a rather complex calendar system. It essentially honours the victory of Dharma (good) versus Adharma (evil). Balinese Hinduism is a ritualistic religion that permeates all aspects of daily life on the island. Ancestors are defied as are the fundamental forces of nature. However, the driving belief is maintaining a harmonious balance between the physical, spiritual and unseen worlds.