Hindus are now celebrating the Holy Day of Galungan which falls on December 26, 2018. This celebration is carried out as a form of victory of Dharma (goodness) against Adharma (evil).
Based on the calculation of the Balinese calendar, Galungan Day is celebrated every 210 days precisely on Wednesday Kliwon Wuku Dungulan. That means there are two Galungan celebrations every year. This year, the first Galungan is celebrated on May 30, 2018.
Apart from praying with family, Hindus also bring offerings to the temple as a form of gratitude to the Almighty. The celebration concluded with Kuningan Day which fell 10 days after Galungan.
At the Galungan Holy Day celebration penjor is always found to be a symbol of welfare requests. Penjor itself is a bamboo that is curved and decorated with coconut leaves that have been arranged attractively.
Penjor must consist of five elements, namely young coconut leaves, crops or crops, tubers, fruits, and sampian. Penjor is placed right in front of the house.
In addition to asking for welfare and a form of gratitude, the Holy Day of Galungan is also characterized by the tradition of giving food to the neighbors as a form of gratitude.
Food served to neighbors is varied and can be adjusted. This tradition is at once a way to strengthen relationships and maintain harmony.
Preparations ahead of Galungan Holy Day are carried out through several series. Just say three days before Galungan there are Penyekeban, the process of ‘menyekeb’ fruits, Penyajaan or two days before Galungan, the procession of making jaja or cake.
One day ahead of Galungan, Penampahan, where Hindus are preoccupied with cooking preparation to make penjor. Then, Manis Galungan, one day after Galungan is usually used to visit relatives and also travel. (bas)