Galungan And Kuningan Day, 01 & 11 November 2017 (Event)

  • Date : 2017-11-01 to 2017-11-11
  • Time : 8 AM to 9 PM

Address :

Bali Area

Phone : +62 361 973 285 (Fabulous Ubud Tourism Information Centre)

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Occurring every 210 days (twice annually) on varying months, this festive Balinese family holiday of Galungan is the symbolic representation of the victory of Dharma (virtue) over Adharma (evil) as depicted in the Ramayana epic in which the deity Indra defeats Mayadenawa the Demon King. It is during this ten-day period that the Balinese believe their deified family ancestors return home. This an intense period of activity at the temples and vast processions throng the streets with the women carrying tall offerings of fruit on their head and often heading down to the beach to purify the ancestral totems that are kept in the household sanggha (temple). Erected at the entrance of every Balinese family compound are colorful penjors (decorated bamboo poles) that represent Gunung Agung, Bali’s holiest mountain, as a symbol of the universe and are assembled as a display of gratitude to the Gods during this ten-day celebration. The last and most important day of the festival is its conclusion on Kuningan, the day celebrating the triumph of good over evil marked by family gatherings, feasting, offerings and prayers as central holy and ancestor spirits return to heaven after their brief sojourn in the material world.  It is also the day when most cleansing, bloodletting and protection ritual ceremonies take place on the island.