It is said there is never a day in Bali without a ceremony of some kind and if you include all the life cycle rites (baby ceremonies, puberty rites, weddings, cremations, Temple festivals), then this saying is probably true. Some ceremonies usually lasts day or two, but larger ones (which occur every 5, 10, 30 or 100 years) can last for 11 days or longer. During ceremonies many offerings are made which consists of fruits, rice cakes and flowers these are brought in on women’s heads, placed around the temple and then are blessed with holy water by the temple Pemangku or priest. The pilgrims then pray, after blessings, drinking holy water is complete offerings are taken home to share with their families. The gods have taken the sari or essence of the offerings, leaving the “leftovers” for the humans to consume. Most of ceremonies involves spectacular performances of music and dance by local groups and gamelan music. Here is some pictures from around Bali and it’s ceremonies.
An Odalan or temple ceremony.
Praying in Tampak Siring, holly water springs.
Oferrings made in temple ceremony.
Women of Bali.
This ceremony was going on for one hour from main temple to smaller.
Praying under holly water in Tanpak Siring.
Some ceremonies involves performances of local dancers.
After body is burned ashes are collected and put neatly on plate.
An Odalan or temple ceremony usually lasts for three days. Once offering is complete women take it to the main temple.
Main temple where offerings are brought.
Praying goes on in main temple.
Waiting for holly water blessing.
They just keep coming and coming…..
Walking from one temple to another.
Temple full of offerings.
Tanpak Siring holly water springs.
Women stand around while priest makes his ritual.
Temple Pemangku or priest.
Girls taking offerings to main temple.
It all starts at young age.
And goes on till you old.