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Selamat Hari Raya Galungan!

Bali Celebrates the High Religious Day of Galungan, September 26 - A Very Special Time to Be on the Island of the Gods!

(9/24/2001) The Balinese calendar dictates that every 210 days business activities on the island come to something of a standstill as every good Balinese Hindu returns to his or her native village to participate in a festival of ceremonies and special prayers offered at their ancestral temple. This special day - Galungan will be celebrated this year on Wednesday, September 26, followed ten days later by another important day of religious observance - Kuningan. While it is imprecise it is nonetheless useful to think of Galungan as something on the order of an All Saint's Day when ancestors once again visit this earthly plane for a ten day period. Accordingly, family temples are cleaned, special offerings are made, and dances presented to humor the hearts and bring contentment to those members of the family now deceased.

In the Balinese "Weltanschauung", this is also a time in which the cosmos' balance is brought back into a more even keel by celebrating mankind's victor of good over evil. Bali-Hindu's will traditionally use this period to repudiate those negative elements in their persona - such as deceit, thievery, violence, anger and jealousy.

All in all, this is a period during which to find the island on its best behavior, every village bustling with musical and dance performances, and the streets clogged with elegantly dressed families carrying huge mounds of breathtakingly beautiful offerings to nearby temples.

In short, a very special time of the year to visit Bali.