Galungan & Kuningan

September 1st, 2016 | by TheJourneyMagz
Galungan & Kuningan
Bali
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I f you are happen to be in Bali on September 2016 then you have a chance to experience a unique cultural event, the Galungan & Kuningan. The Galungan will be held on September 7th 2016 and then followed ten days later with the Kuningan on September 17th 2016.

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Galungan derive from a Sanskrit word meaning a war or a fight. It symbolizing a fight between the force of good (Dharma) against the force of evil (Adharma), so the Galungan were held to celebrate the triumphant of good and a gratitude to God for its grace upon earth.

During these times one thing that you will notice all around Bali is the presence of what is known as the Penjor along the street sides. The purpose of placing the Penjor is that it is serve as a media to express the Balinese Hindu’s their gratitude to the Ida Sang Hyang Widhi Wasa (God) for His blessing. The Penjor itself are made of curved bamboo pole decorated with coconut leaves with an offering at the base, which consist of various kinds of goods that were given by God.


 

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