August Highlights in Tanah Lot PDF Print E-mail

lebaran1Summer has not ended yet. You still have a lot of time to enjoy the warm weather on the warm island. Bali during this month offers so many things to see and enjoy. Summer has not ended yet.

August 10th, Budha Kliwon Pegatwakan, This day is the end of meditation that has been done for 42 days since Sugian Jawa. On this day, Balinese people dedicate sesayut dirghayusa and penyeneng offerings to the Supreme God, Hyang Widhi Wasa. Penjors in front of houses or buildings are put down, and then burned.

August 13th, Purnama Sasih Karo, 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. When a holiday such as Galungan is happen together with the purnama, the scale of the festivity and ceremony of this holyday is doubled, with more offerings and decoration than a Galungan without purnama.

August 15th, Kajeng Kliwon Uwudan, 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.

August 17th, Independence day, One day before Indonesia’s Independence Day, people decorate their home and office with red-white flags. There are many celebrations that you can find such as holding climbing nut to grab various prizes on the top, catch-the-eels competition, and many others. On this national holiday, young and old, men and women will join the crowd. Well of course you may join too, to get the prize!

August 20th, Tumpek Krulut, The third Tumpek, Tumpek Krulut occurs in the 17th week of the Balinese calendar. It takes its name from the week of its occasion. On 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.

August 23th, Budha Cemeng Merakih, Budha Cemeng or Budha Wage is 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.

August 28th, Tilem Sasih Karo, On this day extra offerings are made around the family compound, as well as some offerings placed on the ground at the entrance to the house compound. The towering 'sesajen' offerings are also often taken to the village temple. Depending on the time of year, many temples then hold various forms of entertainment for the village - dancing, wayang puppet performances, arja plays - to coincide with the special prayers for Tilem.

August 30th, Anggara Kasih Tambir, Anggara Kliwon, also known as Anggara Kasih, 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.

August 30th, Kajeng Kliwon Enyitan, Kajeng Kliwon is the day that has these two influences at the same time. For that reason, Kajeng Kliwon has magical power and therefor is a special day in Tanah Lot Bali. On this day extra offerings are made in the house compound, and offerings are placed at the front entrance gate on the ground, burning a coconut husk to provide smoke. Kliwon Enyitan is to increase the positive powers. The rituals of both are based on sincerity and honesty.

August 30th - 31st, Idul Fitri 1432H, Idul Fitri is special day for moeslim people that is a celebration for the Moeslim people after 30 days of fasting. Beside of that, Idul Fitri is holiday for most people and time to visit family and  forgiving each other.