Following on our blog series, in this month we will provide information and important events happening in and around Bali during the month of July 2018.
[Janggan Kites; image via scmp]
Bali Kites Festival is an annual international kites festival which will be held this year from 3rd - 5th July, at Padang Galak beach, Sanur. Hundreds of giant traditional kites (about 4 meters wide and length about 10 meters) will be flown in the competitions between teams from each 'banjar' in Bali. Each team consists of about 70-80 people, each team own their 'gamelan' band, flag bearers, and flyers.
[Bebean Kites; image via Pinterest]
Bebean (fish-shaped kites), Janggan (bird-shaped kites with a long tail up to 100 meters) and Pecukan (leaf-shaped kites) are the three traditional kites flown during this festival. In addition to its unusual size, the traditional kite is also equipped with a vibratory sound instrument made from an 'ental' tree called 'Guwang'. Guwang will produce a buzz voice that can be heard from a distance
[Pecukan Kites; image by Tropical Studio]
Other categories are also providing for modern kites such as Hindu gods shaped, dragons shaped, boats etc. The competition has a religious purpose which is sending messages to the god of the Hindu deity to provide abundant agricultural produce.
Tilem, or dark moon in Bali is a special day for Balinese Hindus to worship the Sanghyang Surya. The ceremony is mostly held in every major temple and family shrines around the island of Bali. Hindus believe in this Tilem day has the virtue in purifying themselves and functioning as a fuser of all the negative energy contained in human beings, as well as pleading salvation to Hyang Widhi.
[image via metrobali]
Tumpek Krulut is a series of Tumpek sacred days which is celebrated every 6 months. On this day, the Balinese Hindu will hold a ceremony to worship the God in its manifestation as the Lord of Iswara for the creation of sacred voices in the form of percussion or 'gamelan'. The aim is that the gamelan has a beautiful sound or 'taksu', and can give a sense of beauty, balance, and harmony for anyone who heard it.
Purnama, or full moon in Bali is a special day for Balinese (Hindus) people to worship the Sanghyang Candra, and Sanghyang Ketu as the God of Brilliance to implore the perfection and the sacred light of Ida Sanghyang Widhi Wasa in various forms of Ista Dewata. Hundreds of temples all over the island will celebrate this special day hosting splendid ceremonies. Hindus believe that Purnama is a propitious day when Gods descend to the earth and give their blessing.