March Highlights in Tanah Lot PDF Print E-mail
ogohMarch will be another month of festivity in Tanah Lot with the keywords are silence and parade. There are Nyepi or Silence day and many other events on March that should not be missed.
March 7th,  2012, Purnama Kesanga, Purnama, or full moon in Bali is always a special day for ceremonies and festivities. Hundreds of temples all over the island celebrate their anniversary on a specific full moon each year. Since full moon is also considered as an auspicious day, hundreds of ceremonies are held in all corner of the island on this sacred day.
March 7th,  2012, Budha Kliwon Pegatwakanis The end of Galungan celebration series, this day held on Wednesday is a day of Buda Kliwon Wuku Pahang or Buda Kliwon Pegat Wakan. on this day all of equiptment that was used in Galungan and Kuningan Day will remove and cleaning, likes Penjor, Tamiang. all of that equiptment is offered with small offering and burned. that mean all world equipment is cleaned again. This ritual is held in houses and temples. in order to maintain peace ( Shanti ) for the world.
March 12th,  2012, Kajeng Kliwon Uwudan, a perfect moment to conduct physical and spiritual purification, to cleanse the mind, to heal sickness, to supernaturally get rid of evil elements in residential environs through specified ceremony or to wipe out the pest from agricultural fields. Kajeng Kliwon is such a sacred day that many Balinese decide to pay a visit to holy men: shamans or priests. In so doing they seek to acquire holy water, medication or instruction related to the development of psychic power. Some prefer going to the temples to pray, meditate or conduct ascetic practice to gain certain psychic power. Kajeng Kliwon is often associated with anything mystical and psychic in nature.
March 17th,  2012, Tumpek KrulutOn this day, offerings are given to pay homage to the musical instruments, masks, and dance costumes that are used in the numerous religious ceremonies in Bali. The instruments and other paraphernalia are decorated with young coconut leaf offerings, and holy water is sprinkled over them. Occasionally the members of the group that use the instruments, costumes and masks, congregate to say a prayer and be blessed. There are some differences to this practice. In some regions of Bali, Tumpek Krulut is ignored, and homage is paid to these objects on the last Tumpek of the Pawukon, Tumpek Wayang, instead.
March 18- 22th,  2012, Melasti Ceremony, Melasti is meant to clean the pratima or arca or pralingga (statue), with symbols that help to concentrate the mind in order to become closer to God. The ceremony is aimed to clean all nature and its content, and also to take the Amerta (the source for eternal life) from the ocean or other water resources (ie lake, river, etc). Three days before Nyepi, all the effigies of the Gods from all the village temples are taken to the river in long and colourful ceremonies. There, they have are bathed by the Neptune of the Balinese Lord, the God Baruna, before being taken back home to their shrines.
March 21th,  2012, Budha Cemeng Merakihis a reocccuring auspicious day for meditation and cleansing the mind of negativity. At this day, which is also known as the day of Sang Hyang Mankik Galih who descended as Sang Hyang Ongkara Mreta to the physical world, the Balinese Hindus pray to Dewa Sang Hyang Sri Nini for prosperity and protection with special offerings. The intended cleansing of the mind starts with a special ceremony called metirtha gocara which is performed with a canang offering and wangi-wangian, sweet smelling incense and flowers at the sangga of the family temple and the plankiran (wall temple) of the bedroom.
March 22th,  2012, Tilem KesangaTawur Kesanga is a large exorcism ceremony that is held by every village in Bali at the main cross-road of the respective village, which is believed to be the meeting place of demons. The community usually makes Ogoh Ogoh (large monster effigies) that symbolizes the evil spirits that exist within our environment. Noisy processions of these effigies take place just after sunset and are held all over Bali – called Ngrupuk. Every Hindu household will also hold a small, boisterous ceremony by clanging tin pots and burning torches to eliminate the presence of evil spirits and their disturbing forces.
March 23th,  2012, Nyepi, This holiday is the Balinese New Year, the day of total silence throughout the island. No activity, no traffic at all on the roads, no entertainment, no fire may be lit for 24 hours. On Nyepi day no travelling is allowed, everyone is required to stay at home. Light is kept to a minimum or not at all, the radio or TV is turned down and, of course, no one works. The whole day is simply filled with the barking of a few dogs, the shrill of insect and is a simple and quiet day on the calendar of this otherwise hectic island.
March 24th,  2012, Ngembak Geni, is the day following Nyepi where Balinese Hindu’s usually visit family and friends to forgive each other for past wrongdoings. From a religious and philosophical point of view, Nyepi is meant to be a day of self introspection to decide on values such as humanity, tolerance love, patience and kindness.
March 27th,  2012, Anggara Kasih Tambir, is a reocccuring, auspicious cleansing day for the mind of the individual family members and for the physical world and all creatures that inhabit it. At Anggara Kliwon the Balinese Hindus meditate and pray to Dewa Ludra for support to cleanse one's mind and the physical world in which one is reincarnated. Afterwards a special ceremony called metirtha gocara is held which is performed with a canang offering and wangi-wangian, sweet smelling incense and flowers at the sangga of the family temple and the plankiran (wall temple) of the bedroom.