Penampahan Galungan 14 th July
Galungan event sees all Balinese households busy preparing for the following day, by decorating curved bamboo poles with elements of harvests and natural items, such as rice, fruit, coconuts, and leaves. These penjor poles symbolize the blessing by Mother Nature.
When complete, these ornamental bamboo poles provide a unique sight, lining every road throughout Bali. The day also features spit-roasted pigs in Banjar communal halls, and traditional food prepared for the whole village to share.
The Galungan Ceremony , 15th July
Galungan is a Balinese holiday that occurs every 210 days and lasts for 10 days in the pawukon (Balinese cycle of days).The day that commemorates the legendary battle of good versus evil, or the triumph of the spread of Hinduism in Bali.
During the Galungan period the deified ancestors of the family descend to their former homes. They must be suitably entertained and welcomed, and prayers and offerings must be made for them.Offerings and prayers take place at family shrines and village temples.
On Wednesday, the day of Galungan, one will find that most Balinese will try to return to their own ancestral home at some stage during the day, even if they work in another part of the island.
The day after Galungan is a time for a holiday, their ‘Sunday best’ as they take to the streets to enjoy the festive spirit that Galungan brings to Bali.