Galungan Day on 30th May 2018 will essentially mark the beginning of a 10-day festival involving elaborate offerings, prayers and traditional food. It is a time to appease the gods and the spirits of defied ancestors who have temporarily descended to the physical world. The underlying philosophy of Galungan is to honour the universal victory of good over evil.
Preparations for this special holiday period invariably includes the ritual slaughter of pigs whereby the meat will be cooked in a variety of ways. Decorated bamboo poles and shrines, known as penjor, will also be 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 where extended families reunite and everyone gathers to pray and feast together.