Selamat Hari Raya Galungan

Greg Chambers

Getting to know Galungan Day, the traditional day for Hindu’s to commemorate victory!

People of Hindu in various regions in Indonesia are celebrating Hari Raya Galungan. This celebration is synonymous with Hindus who pray and worship their ancestors in refutation, merajan.

Galungan Day is commemorated as the day of the victory of Dharma (goodness) against Adharma (evil). Galungan is celebrated by Hindus every 6 months or 210 days, using the Balinese calendar calculations, namely on Buddhist Kliwon Dungulan Day (Wednesday Kliwon Wuku Dungulan ) as the Day of Victory of Dharma (truth) against Adharma (evil).

Galungan Day is a moment to commemorate the creation of the universe. As a thanksgiving, Hindus give and make offerings to Sang Hyang Widhi and Dewa Bhatara.

Galungan itself comes from Old Javanese which means 'win'. In addition, the word Galungan has a similar meaning to Dungulan which means to win. Galungan provides an understanding that good intentions and efforts will always win compared to bad intentions and efforts.

In celebrating this holy Galungan day, the Balinese Hindu community carries out various special and special activities. Galungan celebrations begin with prayers in their respective homes, then to larger family temples such as Penjajan Agung, Dadia , Mother Temple, Panti, Banjar Temple and to Kahyangan Tiga or Pelinggih - pelinggih at the place of business.

On this holy day, Balinese people who celebrate Galungan will wear traditional clothes dominated by white while carrying offerings on their heads. For Hindus who have family members with mapendem status or have died or commonly called the Balinese people with Makingsan in Pertiwi, then they have to bring benten to the cemetery.

The Galungan Day celebration is also accompanied by other religious ceremonies, starting from the Tumpek Wariga ( Pengatag ) Day which is held 25 days before the Galungan Day celebration. Then, Kliwon Wuku Wariga , where Hindus make offerings to Sang Hyang Sangkara , which is a manifestation of God as the god of Prosperity and Salvation for plants.

This celebration is a form of human love for plants. The characteristic of Tumpek Pengatag Day is by offering various colors of porridge ( bubuh ), such as white, yellow, red, and green porridge.

The next series of ceremonies is called Sugihan Jawa which is held six days before Galungan. Sugihan Jawa comes from the word sugi which means to purify , while Javanese or jaba means outside.

This religious ceremony is defined as purifying or cleansing everything that is in humans (bhuana agung), such as cleaning the merajan (holy places) and also the house as part of the Great Bhuana.

Then five days before Galungan the Sugihan Bali ceremony was held , which means cleansing the human being both body and soul. This is done so that in the celebration of Galungan will all clean scale and timeless , so that it can run properly.

Then, three days before Galungan Day, the Pahing wuku Dungulan or also known as Penyekeban Day is held . On that day, humans are expected to be able to restrain the senses (lust) and refrain from doing things that are contrary to religion.

Then, two days before Galungan there is a Penyajaan ceremony , where Hindus have to really stabilize themselves in carrying out the ceremony. Because they will begin to be seduced by Sang Bhuta Dungulan and must be able to stabilize themselves to take a few steps towards Galungan.

The day before Galungan Day, it is known as Penampahan Galungan. In this procession, Hindus slaughter pigs as a symbol of killing the animal passions that are in humans, and are used as religious ceremonial equipment.

The day before Galungan, Balinese people will also be busy making penjor, or decorative bamboo on the side of the road. Penjor itself is made of curved bamboo sticks decorated with various materials from agricultural products, such as leaves ( plawa ), seeds ( palawija ), tubers and palagantung, such as coconut, rice, and bananas.

Penjor as a symbol of prosperity and prosperity, is made with a beautiful appearance to support the implementation of the increasingly lively Galungan Day.

It is hoped that on this Galungan day, the mind can be pure and clean, and all negative influences can be lost.

Words: Kumparan Travel
Images: Ruben Hutabarat

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So Long 2020, Hello 2021!

Greg Chambers

How was 2020 for you?

If you ask that question among a random group of people you may be surprised by the answer. For many it has been the toughest year of their lives. For others it has been an incredible year of growth with a clarity of what is important in life that they have not experienced before. One thing is for certain, it was a year for the ages…

From the bushfires in Australia and the West Coast of North America, the Black Lives Matter movement, convicting men of power for their sex crimes, Royalty declaring they are no longer Royalty, the stock market crashing while crypto currency reaches new heights, impeaching Presidents and electing new ones, the largest organised protests in recorded history in India, devastating explosions and of course the pandemic which we are all still navigating through.

Humanity is always victorious; love is the weapon.

If you are here in Bali please join us for Christmas at the Pyramids. All are welcome to our family atmosphere where we will enjoy a 3-course lunch and Ancient Sound Healing with full bellies and hearts.

We will sign off 2020 with a powerful evening combining the final Full Moon and Earth’s completion of the Sun’s orbit. The NYE Full Moon Intention Ceremony will be an evening of letting go of the old, welcoming the new, dancing, laughing, and sharing.

So, we say so-long to 2020 and thanks for the lessons. Welcome 2021, a new age, a new future full of abundance!

May the holiday season be full of joy and we look forward to welcoming you in 2021 for some exciting new events and developments.

From Peter & Lynn, Greg & Jill & the whole team!

Namaste.

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NYE Full Moon Intention Ceremony

Greg Chambers

Fire Ceremony + Intention Setting + Cacao Ceremony +  Ancient Sound Healing

It's the time to give thanks to the universe for our journey in 2020, let go of what no longer serves us and set our intentions for 2021! Together, let's create a new cycle and embrace the energy of new possibilities.

Join us for this very special evening combining the power of 2020’s final Full Moon and the completion of Earth’s orbit around the Sun (NYE)!

Beginning with our Shamanic Fire Ceremony we will call in the four elements, release what no longer serves us from 2020 and commit our intentions for 2021 to the flames so the smoke may carry them to the universe.

Holding your intentions, you will join our Sacred Cacao Ceremony where we will connect with ourselves and one another during mantra chanting, toning and ecstatic dance and movement putting ourselves into a state of heart felt joy.

Finally, we will move to the Pyramid of the Sun for an Ancient Sound Healing which will guide you into an effortless state of relaxation and peace. What better way to guide in 2021?

All this followed by our 3-course, vegan dinner.

Join us, together we say goodbye to a trying 2020 and welcome a new year, a new future.

Date & time : Thursday, 31st of December 2020, 6pm - 9pm
Price: IDR300k ($21USD)

About your host, Joseph White Owl aka Kevin Westrich:

Following his intuition and his heart along with spiritual teachers Grandfather Morning Owl and Swami Buddhananda, his path trans-versed from near death experiences to indigenous ceremonies and the development of soulful journey.

Wanting to add another dimension to his knowledge, Kevin decided to follow a Master’s degree in Trans-personal psychology with an emphasis in spirituality which allowed him to combine both mystical and practical methodologies.

Immersed in healing and sound therapies for so long his need to share and being in service brought him in alignment with his life calling to Bali where he conducts sound healing and therapy sessions to the process of awakening others on a full time basis.

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