The cultural splendor of mepeed enlivened the odalan nadi or grandiose temple anniversary of the Desa Puseh Temple of Sukawati, Gianyar (Jun 6-9). Children, teenagers and housewives of Sukawati subdistrict looked so elegant with modernly modified attires. Mepeed participants consisting of several hamlets in Sukawati showed the prettiest and the best. Colorful nuance and smile of mapeed participants successfully attracted the public attention. It drew many local and foreign photography lovers to immortalize the momentous moment.
Mapeed procession was getting more interesting when the dance creation accompanied with gamelan music was performed. The mapeed procession started coming down to Sukawati road by covering a distance of about 1 kilometer. Meanwhile, hundreds of people watching the procession were clapping happily. The spectacle looked really wonderful! Chief of Sukawati customary village, Nyoman Puja Antara, said the mapeed tradition was held annually or every odalan nadi. By all means, it was always watched by many spectators. “The mapeed is aimed to accompany the procession of mendak tirtha (invoking holy water) to springs,” he said.
Mepeed is derived from the word peed meaning ‘to march like a parade.’ The tradition has already existed since the era of Sukawati Kingdom in 1711 AD. Today, it has become a cultural heritage from generation to generation. Puja Antara explained that in the other regions in Bali, the mapeed tradition was often called deeng. Previously, the participants getting involved in the mapeed procession mostly dressed in white and yellow. However, due to the development of era and influence of globalization, the fashion in use in the procession has been more stylishly modified.
Puja Antara also added the mapeed was a sacred procession serving to enliven the grandiose temple anniversary carried out when invoking holy water. Beauty of the mepeed tradition was expected to become one of the icons in developing and introducing Balinese culture to international community. “Smoothness of the mapeed procession is inseparable from the role and good cooperation of the community and police helping secure the procession,” he said. (BTN/ocha)