The Glorious Galungan and Kuningan Day
The Victory Day of Good Against Evil
Galungan is making Bali as Island of God more interesting since the local people in Bali celebrate the creation of the universe and the triumph day of dharma (good) over adharma (evil). You will easily see penjor (bamboo poles) along the way in Bali. It is the most obvious sign of the celebrations.
People in Bali usually carry out the celebration at family temple. They believe that, the almighty god down to earth and the soul of ancestor come by to the temple on Galungan Day.
The festivity is holding for 10 days. Start with the actual Galungan day, last 10 days and come to an end with the Kuningan celebration.
Based on balinese calendar, Galungan is always celebrated on Wednesday of Wuku Dungulan.
The people prepare the celebration day from the previous Monday, with the preparation of the cakes that will be used as offerings. On the next day, men prepare the festival food (they kill pigs, to turn them into cycling pig or blood sausages) and women prepare the offerings. Men also make some penjor, finally decorated bamboo trunks with corn cobs, plaited palm leaves, yellow or white fabric and young coconut shoots, which they set on the side of the roads and in front of each house.
Festivities come to an end with Kuningan, which celebrates purification. On that same day, the ancestors’ souls are leaving their family’s temple.