November Highlights in Tanah Lot PDF Print E-mail

tipeNovember 2011 is a rich month. There will be so many traditional ceremonies and festivals as well. Many Hindu traditional ceremonies will be held in the middle on November. There will no vain effort to escape to Tanah Lot on this month.

November 2, Budha Cemeng Klau, 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.

November 6, Idul Adha, This day is a very important day for Muslims around the world, including those here in Bali. The occassion is Idul Adha, a day which celebrates Abraham’s willingness to sacrifice his son for Allah (this religion seems to get off on pain for some reason). Allah allowed Abraham to kill a goat instead, so Muslims celebrate by visiting the masjid (mosque) then eating goat satay.

 

November 8, Anggara Kasih Dukut, 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.

 

November 10, Purnama Sasih Kelima, 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.

November 13, Kajeng Kliwon Watugunung, Kajeng Kliwon is a reocccuring auspicious day for cleansing the mind and the direct environment of the house compound of negativity. At this day the Balinese Hindus meditate and pray to Siwa for support 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.

November 19, Saraswati, Saraswati day itself is celebrated by the Balinese people bringing offerings to their holy books and scrolls in their houses, while students celebrate it at school, usually in the morning, and the office-workers in their office. The philosophy of Saraswati day is that the most important thing for human life is knowledge.

November 20, Banyu Pinaruh, The day after Saraswati Day is Banyu Pinaruh day. "Banyu" means water and "Pinaruh" mean wisdom. In other words, we must have wisdom which always flows like water and which is useful for human kind. We pray for Dewi Saraswati (manifestation of God) to give us cleverness and wisdom. The people usually take a bath in the sea or a lake or river and drink traditional medicine which is made from many various leaves which is very good for our health. The philosophy of Banyu Pinaruh day is the second most important thing for human life is good health.

November 21, Soma Ribek, Two days after Saraswati Day, on Soma (or Monday), Pon, Wuku Sinta, is Soma Ribek day. "Soma" meaning Monday, and "Ribek" meaning full. On this day, Balinese bring offerings to the rice box. They thank God for food and beverage in their lives and pray to Dewi Sri (Goddess of prosperity, manifestation of God) to give prosperity. This celebration remind them to be selective when choosing food and not to over eat to improve their health. The philosophy of Soma Ribek day is the third most important thing for human life is food and drink.

November 22, Sabuh Mas, Three days after Saraswati Day, on Anggara (or Tuesday), Wage, Wuku Sinta, is Sabuh Mas day. "Sabuh" means belt, and "Mas" mean gold. On this day, Balinese bring offerings to the deposit box or the place where they keep their jewelry. They thank Mahadewa (manifestation of God) for cloth, money, gold, etc in our lives. This celebration remind them to be selective when spending money. The philosophy of Sabuh Mas day is the fourth most important thing for human life is cloth and gold, etc.

November 23, Pagerwesi, Four days after Saraswati Day, on Buda (or Wednesday), Kliwon, Wuku Sinta, is Pagerwesi day. "Pager" meaning fence and "Wesi" meaning iron. On this day, Balinese pray to Sang Hyang Pramesti Guru (manifestation of God). All Balinese have offerings to their Sanggah (temple in their home) and at all of their temples. This is the second biggest holiday after Galungan day for the Balinese. The philosophy of this celebration is that they must keep knowledge, health, food, cloth and gold high in their lives to keep the universe in balance.

November 25, Tilem Sasih Kelima, 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.

November 27, New Hijriah Year 1433 Muharam, Solar year is the year of the birth of Prophet 'Isa al-Masih the calculation of the earth-sun rotation. While Hijri year is the year hijrah/migration Prophet to Medina, established by the Caliph Umar ibn al-Khattab as the beginning of the Islamic calendar based on moon-earth's rotation. Hijrah/migration year brought Islam Prophet from Mecca to Medina, to the whole world now, that means already 1431 years. In Islamic history, events Prophet Muhammad hijrah/migration. with Abu Bakr Sadiq r.a. from Mecca to Medina is a new milestone of Islamic history. The event by the Caliph Umar ibn al-Khattab ra marked as the beginning of the Islamic calendar based on calculations moon around the earth. In essence, migrate Messenger is a change from the (lack of) well be even better, simply because every good must come from God to gain Allah's pleasure. The Prophet said, "Whoever emigrated for Allah and His Messenger, then hijrah/migration to God and His Messenger.

November 28, 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.