Hinduism in Bali is driven by a continuous cycle of religious rituals and two significant ceremonial days will be celebrated this May.
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.
In accordance to the Pawukon calendar, Saraswati Day will fall on 11th May 2019 to honour education, knowledge, science, the arts and all forms of higher learning. Schools and universities around Bali willinvariably mark this occasion by placing offerings of flowers and fruit on books and computers. Students will then gather in the school temple compound for a session of communal prayers to express gratitude for past achievements and guidance for future academic endeavours.
Pagerwesi Day will occur just a few days later on 15th May 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.