Traditional Bali-Hindu cleansing ceremonies - Tawar Balik Sumpah have been held over the space of two weeks at the sites affected by the October 1, 2005, terrorist attacks in Bali. Two very similar rituals, conducted one week apart, the first on Sunday, October 30th at the Raja Restaurant near Kuta Square and the second on Saturday, November 5th at Muaya Beach in Jimbaran, were held to both cleanse and balance the areas disrupted by the evil acts of terrorists. Led by Hindu religious leaders from both Bali and East Java, the ceremonies required a series of specific prayers and offerings be made - the latter including the sacrifice of buffaloes, goats, geese, chickens and other animals.
New Security Measures
With the required religious ceremonies completed, the sea food restaurants along the popular Jimbaran beach are now able to resume full operations.
Visitors to the popular dining area will, however, notice a number of security precautions and modifications in place as part of the response to the tragic bombing attack. Police and security guards who have completed a special training course are now on duty at the parking area in Jimbaran, inspecting all vehicles and their occupants. A steel security fence also now borders the road in Jimbaran, compelling diners to enter the restaurants through supervised gateways. Meanwhile, security guards and police are on duty monitoring pedestrians and diners accessing the restaurants from the seaside.
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