ceremonies in candidasa & surrounding areas ~ 2013
The Balinese follow a unique form of Hinduism that has roots in animism, ancestral worship & Buddhism. The life of the Balinese is filled with ceremonies, rites of passage and appeasement of the gods.
The Balinese term sekala niskala means the seen & unseen, the physical & spirit world. To maintain harmony and balance between the two a series of rituals are performed for just about everything.
Holy days are occasions for elaborate ceremonies and are planned according to the 210-day Balinese calendar. Some ceremonies are Bali wide and some unique to a particular village or family temple.
If you are invited to a ceremony or happen to come across one in your travels please remember to respect their traditions and wear the appropriate clothing (sarong & sash) especially if entering a temple.
March 11 - Tawur Agung Kesanga sacrificial ceremony offered to the underworld spirits, followed by an Ogah-Ogah procession in the evening throught the villages in Bali.
March 12 - Nyepi, the day of silence from 6 am for 24 hours.
March 27 - Galungan believed to to be the victory day of Dharma (virtue) over Adharma (evil). The entire island is decorated with Penjors (decorated bamboo poles) symbolizing prosperity.
April 6 - Kungingan The last day of the Galungan celebration when the ancestral holy spirits & dieties return to heaven.
August 10 - Saraswati Day offerings are made to the Godess on Knowledge, science & art.
August 24 - Tumpek Landep the day devoted to God lord of metal implements. Blessings are given to metal objects including cars.
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March 20 - A procession of the village bachelors playing selonding music at 5pm followed by Abwang performance at 6pm.
March 21 - Last day of Usaba Ketiga starts with praying at all village temples while the bachelors march around the village playing Selonding music at 5 pm. An Abwang dance will be performed by the village maidens.
June 3 - July 3 The biggest cultural event of the year in Tenganan Pegringisingan, with a month of ceremonies & celebration.
June 7 - Mati Ombo Sangyang - a special event where the dieties abode at the Bale Agung for 3 days. It starts with the sacrifice of a buffalo with a Kris (sword) at 12 noon, accommpanied by a selonding orchestra and a procession to Bale Agung at 5 pm.
June 10 - Final day of Mati Ombo Sangyang
June 12 - A group of maidens collect holy water and pray in Batu Keben Temple & Telaga Temple then an ancient swing is purified, blessed and then tried while a selonding orchestra play. This is then followed by a special ceremony for boys who are officially accepted as Calon Teruna (bachelors of the village).
June 14- Mulan Saat starts with the women dressed in their finest traditional dress at 9am. The main ceremony starts at 1pm accommpanied by a Abwang dance at the Bale Agung at 12pm .
June 15 - Mulan Daha is an event for the maidens only of the village starting at 6 pm.
June 18 - Maling Maling (maling meas thief) 2 young men representingt thieves steal some meat. When captured by the villagers after being chased for a while, they are dressed up in old banana leaves, flowers, cows bells etc and carried around the village, to show that there is no forgiveness for criminal. This all in fun parade ends with a abwang dance by the maidens at a mekare-kare ( a duel between young men with thorny pandanous leaves and a rattan armour.
June 24 - A symbolic Mekar-kare at patemu kelod at 4:30 pm followed by maidens and little girls in traditional dress swinging on the old spinning chair (ancient swing) at 6pm.
June 25 - Mekar-kare (a duel with thorny pandanus leaves) as part of the ritual at noon.
June 26 - Mekare-kare in Patemu Kelod at 4.30. followed by a series of rituals, chanting & sacred performances.
September 1 - Mesanggah Gedebong the first rtual of the 8th month, where every family make a shrine from banana stem and coconut leaves in front of each entrance. This is done by bachelors or maidens of the family.
September 3 - Mesabatan Bongkot the 2nd part of the Usaba Kolu ritual where the bachelors throw a lump of bongkot (banana stem) at each other. ends at 4 pm with the maidens chanting.
September 4 - 2nd day of Mesabatan Bongkot.
September 11 - Full moon ceremony & last day of Mesabatan Bongkot with selonding music at 5pm.
July 22 - 24
Aci Sumbu/usaba Manggung in Bugbug village.
- July 23 Rejang dance at 10am
- July 24 Rejang, Daretan & female Deretan dance at 10am. Other dance at 4pm followed by closing ceremony.
July 25 - Pura Candidasa a procession from Bugbug village to Candidasa temple followed by an Baleganjur orchestra from 7am.
July 31 - Usaba Sumbu/Guling ceremony at Pura Panti in Timbrah village. Melasti procession to pasir putih (white sand beach) at 10am.
August 3 - Bangun sumbu kaler starts at 9am. An usaba guling ritual by where all families in the village offer a suckling pig.
August 18 - 23
Pura Puseh Desa Pekarangan, Ngis Manggis district.
- August 18 - Melasti procession to Buitan beach accommpanied by a Kris, Abwang & legong dance, starts at 2 pm.
- August 21 - Pemabahan (opening) of Usaba Gede & mendak Betara Pucak Sair procession accommpanied by Kris, Abwang & legong dance, starts at 1 pm
- August 22 - The main ceremony accommpanied by Kris, Abwang & legong dance, starts at 12noon.
- August 23, Pengusan ritual ccommpanied by Kris, Abwang & Legong dance, starts at 1pm.
October 15 - 20
Buitan Manggis district. Usaba Gede
- October 15, Melasti procession to Buitan Beach Usaba Gede accompanied by Kris Rejand & Dewa Rejang Dewe dances starts at 4 pm.
- October 16, Usaba Gede & Penampahan Usaba Gede, animal sacfices for offerings at 4pm.
- October 18, Nuur Betara Tirta (Holy water ceremony) accompanied by a Kris & Rajang dance at 3pm.
- October 20, Ngelebar to Buitan beach accompanied by a Kris Rejand & Rejang Dewe dance from 1pm.
October 17 - 18
Bugbug village (near Candidasa) .
Usaba Gumang/Usaba Alit ceremony
- October 17, A procession and the main ceremony takes place in Gumang hill Temple at 12am
- 29, A procession from Gumang temple back to Bale Agung Bugbug at 8am.