Balis’s Biggest Holidays
Nearly all festivals in Bali are related to the Balinese Pawukon-Calender which is different from other calenders by containing only 210 days. Most of the Balinese Festivals and Holidays depending on the Pawukan- Calender and moon phases are puplished by the Bali Government Tourism Office with the friendly advice of Dr. Ida Bagus Kade Subhiksu.
This important Hindu ceremony is celebrated every 210 days according to the Pawukan Calender. Galungan lasts for ten days.
During this period, the Balinese Gods visit the island. Before this big holiday, the island becomes very busy. The women create beautiful woven ‘banten’ which are offerings made from young coconuts. The men decorate bamboo poles, known as penjors, which adorn the streets of every Balinese village.
Sometimes, the local people cook a whole pig and give it to families. In every village, the men cook lawar, a delicious food made from vegetables, spices, and pork. The day after Galungan, called Manis Galungan, is considered as quality time for family gatherings. Many Balinese people take this day off in order to visit their extended family. The ten days of Galungan celebrations give visitors an authentic idea of what religion to Balinese people. It is a great time to visit Bali.
Balinese Hindus believe that ten days after Galungan Day their ancestors return to paradise after dwelling on earth for ten days. The Balinese thank the gods for their mercy and often celebrate this holiday by visiting each other and having fun. The most elaborate Kuningab ceremonies are at Sekenan Temple on Seregan Island, also known as Turtle Island.