Hindus in Bali are celebrating Galungan and Kuningan. Well, what is Galungan and Kuningan celebration like? Let’s look at the facts.
Galungan holiday is celebrated by Balinese Hindus every 210 days, using Balinese calendar calculations, namely on the day of Budha Kliwon Dungulan (Wednesday Kliwon wuku Dungulan) as the day of the victory of Dharma (truth) against Adharma (evil).
Here are 9 interesting things about Galungan and Kuningan which are summarized from various sources:
Galungan and Kuningan is a celebration of the victory of good over evil. At that time it was said that there was a giant named Mayadenawa who forbade worship to the gods but to him.
Finally, Bhatara Indra was sent to meet and eliminate Mayadenawa. From there, victory found Bhatara Indra who brought goodness.
Galungan and Kuningan Day celebrations are held to celebrate good over evil. It’s just that this celebration is different because Galungan is done when the gods and ancestral spirits descend to earth.
Meanwhile, brass is meant to achieve spiritual improvement by means of self-introspection.
Galungan and Kuningan festivals are usually held every 210 days. This step is done by calculation in the Balinese calendar, namely on the Buddhist day of Kliwon Dungulan.
When Galungan and Kuningan arrive, Hindus will pray in their respective temples. They will use traditional clothes with kamen cloth.
Penjor scenery will begin to appear when entering the Galungan and brass. Each house will install a penjor or leaf containing canang or offerings.
6. Slaughtering a Pig
Before entering Galungan celebration, Hindus usually carry out slaughter or slaughtering pigs. This step is done as a form of gratitude.
Just like Lebaran, one day after the Galungan celebration, Hindus will also visit relatives or stay in touch. The activity is also known by the sweet name Galungan.
Kuningan itself will only be held 10 days after Galungan. In this celebration Hindus expect blessings from God.
9. Yellow Rice
In celebrating the Kuningan day, Hindus also make yellow rice to be served in offerings. The hope, yellow rice can bring prosperity.