September 2, Budha Cemeng Merakih, 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.
Watching a dance or drama performance in Tanah Lot for a balinese is neither a matter of concentrated attention to what happen on the stage nor paying attention to the story in order to understand plot. It is a state of being, feel and enjoy the performance rather than action to ‘watch’ the performance. When Balinese ‘watch’ a performance in Tanah Lot they do not gaze with earnestness of purpose which will result on fatigue long before the performance is over. To Balinese dance and drama performance in Tanah Lot is a familiar landscape, they know what to expect, they know how a dancer or a character should moves on the stage, how long a dancer should hold a position or when he or she glances to the right or left.