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Galungan Festival

Galungan Festival

The Galungan Festival in Indonesia is one of the major festivals here. This festival is the most important festival for Balinese. The Galungan Festival symbolizes the victory of Dharma (Virtue) upon Adharma (Evil), filled with cultural rites and ceremonies.

The Galungan Festival is held in Bali. Galungan Day signifies "Pawedalan Jagat" or the earth's festival ceremony. On the eve of Galungan Festival the Hindus thank God for his creations on earth and its content. On this day the Hindus express their gratitude to God and invite him to come down to earth and join in their celebrations.

The Galungan Festival goes on for 10 days. At some Balinese festivals the images of the Gods as well as the thrones they sit on are carried down to the sea where they are given a ceremonial bath. The Galungan Festival has a mythological reference.

The Galungan Festival goes on for 10 days. At some Balinese festivals the images of the Gods as well as the thrones they sit on are carried down to the sea where they are given a ceremonial bath. The Galungan Festival has a mythological reference. There was a cruel king called Mayadenawa. The death of the King Mayadenawa is the victory of the good (Dharma) upon evil (Adharma).

This victory day is celebrated every six months (6x35 days=210 days), which is called Galungan Day. It is called Galungan, probably because it is celebrated on wuku Galungan (based on the Balinese calendar), and so does Kuningan Day that falls on wuku Kuningan. Galungan Day is celebrated every Budha Kliwon Dungulan.

One of the essential commodities for Galungan Festival is Penjor. Penjor is made of a long bamboo pole with its curved end, and decorated with rice paddies, corn on the cob, coconut, cakes, a piece of white or yellow cloth, etc. Penjor is usually built on Penampahan Galungan (a day before the Galungan Day). It is symbolizes Mount Agung and gratitude for the agricultural produce.

Mount Agung is the symbol of holiness as a connection to Mount Semeru, Mount Himalaya, or Mahameru, which is believed as the place where Bhatara Putra Jaya stays. There are different stages in Galungan Festival and each element has its own symbolization.

The Galungan Festival is a religious festival here. Though it is a festival of the Hindus, the participation of people from various castes is really noticeable. Do, come in this festival. You will certainly enjoy it.

The quickest and comfortable way to get to Bali is by air and there are flights connect to Bali from Singapore, Kuala Lumpur, Bangkok as well as all the major cities in Indonesia. Ngurah Rai International Airport (Indonesian: Bandar Udara Internasional Ngurah Rai) (IATA: DPS, ICAO: WADD), also known as Denpasar International Airport or I Gusti Ngurah Rai International Airport. It is located 13 km south of Denpasar.

Listed below is the other popular Indonesia Festivals & Events:
 

►Bali Arts Festival
►Bali Free Ride Nations Cup
►Bali International Jazz Festival
►Chinese New Year
►Dragon Boat Festival
►Galungan Festival
►Hari Raya Aidilfitri
►Independence Day Celebrations

►Jakarta Fair
►Java Jazz Festival
►Kasada
►Kerapan Sapi

►Krakatau Festival
►Kuta Karnival
►Lomban Festival
►Manado Beach Festival
►New Year Celebrations
►Nyepi
►Odalan Festival
►Ramayana Ballet
►Renggong Horse Contest
►Toba Lake Festival
►Traditional Boat Race
►Vesak Festival

 

 

   

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