May 2nd, Saraswati Day, is a traditional Balinese holiday to celebrate the day when knowledge is given by God through the beautiful goddess Saraswati. Like many Balinese holidays, Saraswati day is held every six months (210 days), on Saturday of Watugunung (the last week in the Balinese calendar system) and is celebrated all over Bali. The day is celebrated by making offerings and praying at home, in temples, schools and offices. The Balinese also put offerings on their books and scriptures due to books and scriptures being classic sources of knowledge. Some people celebrate it by praying and singing holy songs and spells from Hindus Scriptures all night in the temple or in their house.
For Tanah Lot people, although Bali serves internationally-acclaimed restaurants offering international favorites, those things cannot replace a traditional favorite. From 1980s up to now a fist of steamed rice completed with side dishes covered with banana leaves is still exist. Nasi Jinggo, the name for this traditional favorite, is the choice for those who only have coins but starving.
Nasi is Indonesian for steamed rice. Jinggo? Unfortunately, no one have an exact fact why this spicy traditional dish is called Jinggo. Some people said that Jinggo is derived from a renowned movie title “Djanggo” which was popular on that time. Others argue that Jinggo is originally from Hokkien dialect means 1.500, the price of Nasi Jinggo years ago. In the meantime some people believe that Jinggo is derived from the first consumers of Nasi Jinggo who are drivers and civilians in which Tanah Lot people call them “Jagoan”.