Following on our blog series, in this month we will provide information and important events happening in and around Bali during the month of May 2018.
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Tumpek Uduh is a series of Tumpek sacred days in Bali which is celebrated every 6 months. Tumpek Uduh itself is celebrated 25 days before Galungan. On this day, Hindus will pray to God in his form as Sanghyang Sangkara (Lord of Vegetations) and they will bless their gardens and farms with offerings of porridge or "bubuh". During the ceremony, the bubuh is smeared on the bark of the plants as a symbol of fertilizers. The aim is as an expression of gratitude for many functions of the plants that help human life
Tumpek Uduh also has several designations such as Tumpek Wariga, Tumbek Bubuh, Tumpek Pengarah and Tumpek Pengatag.
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.
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.
Galungan is the second-most important Balinese celebration after Nyepi and takes place every 210 days. The festival symbolizes the victory of good (Dharma) over evil (Adharma) and encourages the Balinese to show their gratitude to the creator and sainted ancestors. During Galungan, Balinese Hindus usually busy making preparations for ceremony, from making cakes, creating "penjor" (a long curved bamboo pole which is decorated with fruit, coconut leaves, and flowers), decorating the temple, and other preparations.
There will also be many ceremonies taking place so it's a wonderful time to be visiting to experience the local culture.