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A Blessing for your Bonnet and Bumper

Bali Honors Tumpek Landep Ė A Day for Blessing Vehicles.

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In the Balinese Calendar there are five days set aside for blessing those things that surround our temporal existence.

There is Tumpek Kandang, sometimes referred to a Tumpek Uve, a day for blessing all members of the animal kingdom, especially family pets and livestock. There's Tumpek Uduh - a day set aside for thanksgiving and blessings for the plant world that provides sustenance for our tables. Tumpek Wayang is dedicated to blessing puppets used in night-long shadow puppet performances; while Tumpek Kuningan is something of a day of general thanksgiving, appeasing any spirits who might feel left out or bypassed in the Tumpek cycle.

On Saturday, November 15, 2003, Bali marked Tumpek Landep, - the day on which all things made of metal are honored, especially cars and motorcycles. On that day, busses, cars, and motorcycles plied the streets bearing colorful floral and palm-leaf offerings attached to grills and rear-view mirrors in early morning rituals blessing of food, holy water and incense before being allowed to embark on their daily journeys.

On that day, the entire fleet of vehicles used to ferry the guests of Bali Discovery Tours and staff motorbikes, gathered at Villa Abian Tirta for their mandatory blessings of Tumpek Landep. Not to be forgotten, the Boss's bicycle used on his regular tours of the island.

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