Galungan and Kuningan in Bali

March 28, 2013

Galungan, the most important of the Bali holidays, is an ideal time for a Bali vacation. Galungan lasts for over a week, and culminates on Kuningan, the final ceremonial day. The Balinese believe that their ancestors and gods return to earth for Galungan, and depart on Kuningan.

It is impossible to ignore the preparations for Galungan and Kuningan. To welcome the gods, the Balinese come out in full, formal dress and perform special ceremonies that create piles of offerings and incense in temples, trees, and street corners.

Everything is decorated beautifully during Galungan, and the most dramatic decorations are the large curved bamboo poles called “Penjors” that represent the victory of good over evil. Penjors are hung with fruits, coconut leaves, and other offerings to serve as a as a symbol of gratitude for nature’s bounty.

Galungan and Kuningan happen every 210 days, and this year Galungan begins on March 27, with Kuningan on April 6. The next Galungan celebration starts on October 23, with Kuningan on November 2, and in 2014 Galungan will begin on May 21, ending with Kuningan on May 31. Our Bali luxury villa books very quickly those dates, so plan ahead if you would like your Bali vacation to coincide with this very special holiday.

 

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