Galun­gan

hellobali Guide to Bali - - TABLE OF CONTENTS -

AT THE PIN­NA­CLE of Bali’s cal­en­dar of re­li­gious fes­tiv­i­ties is Galun­gan, a time ev­ery 210 days when the an­ces­tors de­scend from heaven to be en­ter­tained by the liv­ing be­fore de­part­ing again 10 days later in a cer­e­mony known as Kuningan. On the day be­fore Galun­gan each house­hold gets busy mak­ing and erect­ing a pen­jor, a grace­fully ta­per­ing, tow­er­ing bam­boo pole dec­o­rated with tas­sels and a sin­gle wo­ven bauble nod­ding from its tip. Dur­ing this hol­i­day pe­riod the graves of fam­ily mem­bers yet to be cre­mated are also vis­ited and pre­sented with of­fer­ings.

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