Images from Galungan Day

Galungan Day is a cause for big celebrations in Bali and it happened on Wednesday, 1 February 2012 (and is about to occur again on 29 August 2012 – and again on 23 Oct 2013).

Decorative bamboo penjors line the streets

Decorative bamboo penjors line the streets

The streets are lined with beautifully decorated bamboo poles called Penjor.  Feasts are prepared throughout the island and Barongs are paraded through the streets by children who play traditional music and collect donations from holidaymakers and Balinese alike – all money goes to the temples.

Childrens Barong dancing in Devilicious Warung

Childrens Barong dancing in Devilicious Warung

During the 10 days between Galungan Day and Kuningan Day the Balinese welcome their gods who ‘descend to earthly realms for the celebrations’.

What do they know

What do they know
that I don’t

How come a whole island
turns up to pray

Where do they get
their belief from

Could it be true
that gods visit Bali
on Galungan Day

Lower part of the penjor outside Savannah Moon restaurant

Lamak and lower part of the penjor outside Savannah Moon restaurant

They certainly get
a royal welcome

Penjors and a
colourful display

Of fruits
representing a mountain

On heads of women –
beautiful ladies
who say

Om swastyastu
in greeting

Om shanti shanti shanti Om
in goodbyes

Wishing the world
peace, always

And balance
through each night
and sunrise

Selamat hari raya Galungan dan Kuningan

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  1. Galungan and Kuningan celebrations « Julie in Bali

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