Hindu community in Bali celebrates a unique Shivaratri Day. Shivaratri means the holy contemplation night or the sin redemption night. Shivaratri falls one day before new moon in the seventh month of Balinese calendar (Kapitu) and this year falls on Friday (Jan. 8). On this day, Hindu devotees in Bali do fasting and meditation to get forgiveness from God for the sins caused by avidya (darkness).
As an expression of love to animals like monkeys, the Monkey Forest Ubud celebrates Tumpek Kandang ritual on Saturday (Oct. 3). The celebration was conducted in the highest level and officiated over by Ida Pedanda Nabe Gede Manuaba. Type of the offerings presented is relatively large, namely the usual offerings coupled with bebangkit offerings. Since the ritual belongs to the highest level, it is then accompanied with wayang lemah or day puppet show and Sidakarya mask dance. Local people and travelers mingle to watch the ritual held every six months.
Fighting cock in Bali has actually existed since the past time better known as mabongbong or fondling and exercising fighting cock. However, in harmony with the passage of time, this tradition is accompanied with betting money or gambling or locally known as metajen. To revive this tradition without the image of gambling, the Derby Continental Community organized the Cock Fighting Derby Continental XII, Sunday (Oct. 4).
Saniscara Kliwon Uye, Saturday October 3 2015, is temple ceremony of Jero Kandang Temple Tanah Lot. Jero Kandang Temple is located about 100 meters in the west side of Penyawang Temple. Jero Kandang Temple was built for villagers of Beraban village to require the wellness for their animals and plants from disease. The name of Jero Kandang Temple was taken from the function that is put into a stable (kandang) all the disease. Based on the function, Jero Kandang Temple is a place to pray for God with His manifestation as the God of all animals and plants, also pray for Dewi Sri as manifestation of God as the Goddess of prosperity.
Paluang Temple in Nusa Penida, Klungkung, has a unique feature. Two of the shrines in the temple are shaped like cars, one a VW Beetle, the other a JEEP. Paluang Temple's priest, Jro Mangku Sutawan, said that he does not know the exact history of the Paluang Temple but added that local residents believe that Ida Ratu Gede Sakti Hyang Mame dwells in the temple with the four-wheeled car-like vehicles. Moreover, every piodalan or temple anniversary, some of the supporting devotees fall into trance and request a car-shaped shrine to be made.
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