Pagerwesi Celebration

Wednesday, November 27, 2019
By PR Corp Kayumanis

Hinduism in Bali is driven by a continuous cycle of religious rituals and a significant ceremonial day will be celebrated this December.

Pagerwesi Day will occur just a few days later on 11th December 2019 and it is considered an important religious event in the north part of Bali. The name pagerwesi translates as iron fence and the day involves a ritual ceremony with symbolic offerings to appease the gods. The occasion is essentially a time for the Balinese to strengthen themselves mentally and spiritually against unexpected obstacles. It is a day of personal contemplation and similar to other Hindu festivities, it also celebrates the universal battle between good and evil. 

Followers of Bali’s Hindu faith follow more than just one independent calendars. While the Western calendar is the same the world over, the Pawukon calendar is based on a 210-day system and the Saka lunar calendar depends on the different phases of the moon. Both of these unique calendars are used as a reference for the many religious ceremonies that take place throughout the entire island of Bali.

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