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Omed – omedan

Omed-omedan, also known as ‘The Kissing Ritual’, is a ceremony held by the young people of Banjar Kaja Sesetan, Denpasar, bali. The name is derived from the Balinese Language and means pull-pull.  The tradition originate from a fight between a male and female pig that took place in the village hundreds of years ago. A represent the push and pull of positive and negative elements. Omed-omedan, which means pulling,  is a ceremony for the youths of the village to express their joy on the first day of the new year.

Males and females stood side by side of the village main road while waiting the signal of Hindu leader then both sides approached the center of the road. Male participants pulled and kissed the female participants while other villagers poured buckets of water towards them. This ritual had been around for at least 100 years and could only be participated in by the people of Banjar Kaja Sesetan village, and it is not clear when mass kissing was incorporated into the Bali tradition.

Actually, this tradition is one of a great way to find a boyfriend or girlfriend. Many couples are succeed to enter their marriage by joining this tradition, said a participant in the ceremony. The pecalang opened with a prayer while traditional village guards secured the area.

Omed-omedan was held on a day later after Nyepi so as not to disturb the observance of the Day of Silence. Balinese Hindus traditionally observe Nyepi as a day of reflection. Adherents are prohibited from lighting fires or using electricity, working, traveling or engaging in any form of entertainment.

This tradition that is interesting attraction for tourism in Bali may only be followed by teruna and teruni (man and girl) which is still single and about 15 years old. This tradition is not a sacred tradition like most of the other rituals in Bali. However this tradition is so interesting and so entertaining.

Wanna come and see? Note, this ceremony will be held on 29 March 2017 after the Nyepi Eve. Don’t forget to protect your electronic devices because you might be sprinkled by the water.


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