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Galungan Festival

Listed under Festivals in Bali, Indonesia.

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Galungan is a 10-day festival, celebrated every six months. It commemorates the story of Mayadenawa, a tyrannical king who enraged the gods by repressing Hinduism on Bali. By remembering his death, the Galungan festival celebrates the Hindu gods and the triumph of good (Dharma) over evil (Adharma). The Balinese believe that the gods and ancestral spirits come down to earth during the festival, and prepare lavish decorations to honour their arrival. The most prominent decorations are penjor: enormous bamboo-poles, decorated with coconut leaves, fruit, cakes and flowers, and attached to the outside of every home. On the actual day of Galungan, traditional dishes are prepared and offered to the gods at temples and shrines, and families come together to eat and celebrate, often wearing beautiful traditional dress. The last day of the festival is called Kuningan, when many temples hold ceremonies to celebrate the departure of the gods from earth.

Written by  Eleanor Dean.

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Hi, did you stay for the whole 10 days or only certain days?

I'm looking into the festival to capture as my final year photography project. Is Kuta the main beach for the 10 day festival?


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