A favourite destination the world over. Just don’t step on a Canang Sari.
BALI IS A FAVOURITE TRAVEL DESTINATION FOR TRAVELLERS NEAR AND FAR. FONDLY KNOWN FOR ITS STUNNING SCENERY, HAPPY BALINESE CHARM AND COLOURFUL HINDU CEREMONIES. JUST DON'T STEP ON A CANANG SARI.
GALUNGAN IS THE MOST DECORATIVE TIME OF YEAR IN BALI, WITH PENJOR DECORATIONS MASTED AT THE FRONT OF EVERY HINDU HOUSE. WHEN IS THIS HOLIDAY AND WHAT DOES GALUNGAN REPRESENT TO THE BALINESE PEOPLE?
Galungan Day occurs every six months in the Balinese calendar
(210 days). Galungan is a Balinese holiday celebrating the victory of Dharma (cosmic law and order) over
Adharma (dignity and respect). It marks the time when the ancestral spirits visit the Earth.
WHAT MATERIALS ARE THEY MADE FROM? AND, ARE THEY ETHICALLY SOURCED FROM DESIGNATED PLANTATIONS?
The ceremonial decorations are made from bamboo, coconut and palm leaves, and colouring. The materials are all taken from family gardens or bought in a traditional, local market.
WHO MAKES THESE INTRICATE PENJOR STREET DECORATIONS?
Everyone can make the Penjor.
Usually the women make the decorations for the Penjor and the men collect the bamboo and leaves and then set the decoration to the bamboo stem.
DO ALL HINDU FAMILIES PARTICIPATE TO MAKE DECORATIONS AND OFFERINGS? WHO ARE THE TRADITIONAL ARTISANS OF THE FAMILY AND WHO TEACHES THIS CRAFT IN THE COMMUNITY?
Yes. It is customary to our tradition and belief to participate. It is a spiritual and community celebration. The women or parents of a family are the artisans and they are the teachers for the community to continue to celebrate and pass on this tradition.
TRI HITA KARANA: HARMONY AMONG PEOPLE. HARMONY WITH NATURE OR ENVIRONMENT. HARMONY GOD.” WITH
HOW SYMBOLIC ARE THE LITTLE, WOVEN BASKET OFFERINGS TO THE BALINESE PEOPLE? THEY ARE SPRINKLED EVERYWHERE YOU WALK.
The offerings are made to please the good spirits and appease the bad. They are called Canang Sari – (daily offerings). They are a symbol of thankfulness to the Hindu God,
Ida Sang Hyang Widhi Wasa. It is offered every day as a way to show gratitude for the peace given to the world.
WHERE DOES THE COLOUR AND DESIGN INFLUENCE COME FROM WHEN MAKING CEREMONIAL DECORATIONS AND OFFERINGS?
Balinese avoid dark or black clothing as the colour is often associated with black magic, evil spirits and peace disturbance. In contrast, white is believed to be the colour for the peaceful spirit. Yellow (or golden yellow) is also a favourite as it represents God Wisnu, the preserver of the Universe.
WHERE CAN A VISITOR GO LEARN THE ART OF BALINESE DECORATIVE AND BASKET WEAVING?
Any village artisan will be happy to teach the art form. We also offer these workshops for guests on request.
DO YOU HAVE ANY WORKSHOPS COMING UP IN 2018?
Yes, workshops are offered to guests all year round.
HAVE YOU ANY LOCAL’S TIP FOR VISITORS TO BALI?
Be patient and don’t show outward anger or frustration and you will have a wonderful time.
CLOCKWISE FROM LEFT Penjor decorations are masted at the front of every Hindu house during Galungan; traditional Balinese weaving and ceremonial decoration workshops are available for guests; Bali Eco Stay; traditional artisan weaving workshop.
FROM LEFT TO ABOVE Ni Ketut Miniasih teaches ceremonial decoration workshops at Bali Eco Stay; the lush property setting of Bali Eco Stay.