Happy Saraswati Day

This day is devoted to Dewi Saraswati, the Goddess of science and knowledge. She is symbolized by a beautiful woman with four hands. Her hands hold a palm leaf, a lontar, a chain and a musical instrument. The lontar is a balinese traditional book which is the source of science and knowledge. The chain symbolize that the knowledge is never ending and has an infinite life cycle. The musical instrument symbolize that science develops through the growth of culture.

The day before the Saraswati is called Pengeradanaan, it’s the day of preparation, books and lontar are cleaned and properly arranged. On Saraswati day, the balinese make offerings to their books. Students celebrate at school in the morning and the office-workers in their office because it’s not a day off. The day after is called Banyu Pinaruh, “Banyu” means water and “Pinaruh” means wisdom. In other words, human must have wisdom which always flows like water and is useful for human kind. During this day, people are going to the beaches, rivers and springs to purify themselves and pray for wisdom.

 

Dewi Saraswati

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