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Galungan, celebrating the victory of dharma over adharma – i Bali Tour

Galungan is the most important feast for Balinese Hindus, a celebration to honor the creator of the universe (Ida Sang Hyang Widi) and the spirits of the honored ancestors. 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.

Galungan occurs once in the 210-day cycle of the Balinese calendar, and marks the time of the year when the spirits of the ancestors are believed to visit the earth. Balinese Hindus perform rituals that are meant to welcome and entertain these returning spirits.

Galungan is synonymous with Penjor mounting the curb in front of every house. So that makes the ambience modern look natural and beautiful. Penjor are ornaments made of bamboo and decorated in such a way in accordance with the traditions of the Balinese people. Penjor installed on the side of the road (each house) is itself a pray for Sang Hyang Widhi Wasa (God in Hindu religion). Galungan meaning of the word itself comes from ancient Javanese means to fight, or commonly referred to Dungulan means winning.


Galungan always lasts three days. The first day (Penampahan Galungan) is not an actual celebration, but a big preparation for the next days ceremony. There is a lot to be done, decorating temples, offerings for gods, food for ceremonies etc. Men have to make penjors and prepare babi guling for the ceremony . (Babi guling a local Balinese dish – roasted suckling pig). The second day is the main day for Galungan Day, when all ceremonies happen. Every family will have a ceremony in their family temple and in the village temple. Everyone will be busy with religious ceremonies. The third day, is called Manis Galungan (‘sweet galungan’). This is when the family can finally celebrate and have a big day off to have fun. Families often spend their time going to the beach. Swimming in the ocean is a symbolic way to clean up from bad energy and bad spirits.
This year, Galungan will come at September 7, 2016. Please come and enjoy this great Balinese festival !