Sandeh celebrates

Sandeh celebrated her 70th by holding an important Hindu ceremony, Mencaru, for her house in the afternoon, followed by her birthday party in the evening on 14th January.

The ceremonial part of the day

The ceremonial part of the day

She was surrounded by family and many friends, most of who had made the effort to dress in Balinese costume for the ceremony.

Mencaru ceremony

Mencaru ceremony Sandeh surrounded by her children and friends

The Mangku (holy man) sits on the floor of her downstairs balcony, where he performs the ceremony – surrounded by many offerings.

The Mangku (holy man)

The Mangku (holy man)

Seeing her going around her house sprinkling holy water everywhere bought back vivid memories of my Melaspas ceremony at Rumah Jepun last year.

Sandeh carrying holy water

Sandeh carrying holy water

There was Babi Guling (suckling pig) which was a Balinese must have for this event and a huge array of food including vegan food.

Babi guling (suckling pig)

Babi guling (suckling pig)

Not only did she have local caterers from Savannah Moon but her son, Surdham a celebrity vegan chef in Germany with a new vegan cookbook just out, provided food and cakes galore.  Talking of cakes…

The big Seven Oh

The big Seven Oh

And here is her daughter presenting the special 70th Birthday cake.

We were also entertained by the children from the orphanage that she volunteers at.

Surrounded by Balinese dancers

Surrounded by Balinese dancers

They performed a number of traditional dances in their colourful Balinese costumes including the Welcome Dance – where they throw flowers into the air from the small dish they hold in their right hand.

Welcome dance

Welcome dance

Sandeh’s son and daughter had flown in from Germany especially for her birthday – it was lovely to see them together.

Lovely family photo

A lovely, happy family photo

A Very Happy Birthday Sandeh

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4 Comments

  1. kuatarina Mount

     /  01/02/2013

    Wishes for a wonderful year and Happy Birthday for Sandeh. Can you convey my wishes to Sandeh, please Julie. Terimah Kasih. Love Kuatarina xxx

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  2. Absolutely beautiful, Sandeh and the ceremony!

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