November 18, 2017

Kuningan Festival in Bali or Tumpek Kuningan

Kuningan Ceremony Bali

Kuningan Ceremony is celebrated 10 days after Galungan Day. Balinese believes that on this holy day, the Gods and Pitara (ancestors) descend to the earth to blessing and bestow prosperity on humanity, both physically and spiritually. In accordance with Balinese Calendar, this ceremony is celebrated every 210 days each year, and fall on Saturday or Saniscara Kliwon wuku Kuningan, often called Tumpek Kuningan.

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Kuningan Ceremony Bali

The whole family will come together for prayers and blessings. Kuningan ceremony is usually held from morning until before noon. From hereditary tradition in Bali is believed that after noon the ancestors have been returned to Swarga Lokha.

In this day, Hindu people especially in Bali will make yellow rice, which is a symbol of prosperity, as an expression of gratitude for the grace and blessing of the Creator.

The yellow rice is made by adding ingredients such as turmeric and cooked with coconut oil and fragrant pandan leaves. Next, the rice is arranged with other ingredients in a container made of leaves. This leaf container is then re-arranged in larger container along with other ornaments, which are collectively referred to as Banten Selanggi.

Balinese also make unique decoration of coconut leaves, specially made for Kuningan Day, namely: Endongan, Tamiang, and Kolem (Pidpid). Each has its own meaning or philosophy. Endongan resembles a bag of provisions, as a symbol of offering to the Creator. Tamiang is a symbol of protection, an antidote to havoc. While Kolem (Pidpid) as a symbol of resting place of the Gods and Pitara.

Being mentioned in many source that the word "kuningan" has a close meaning to "kauningan or remember ", which means we must always "uning" or remember or introspection in living the life, and always hold firm Dharma to avoid negativity. And also always "uning" or remember to the Gods as the source of origin, who always provide protection, safety and blessing.


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