|Special Day : Purnama Kliwon in Tanah Lot|
Today noticed many hindus people in traditional dress and found out it is Purnama, full moon. Today is Purnama Katiga (third) according to balinese calendar. Purnama, or full moon in tanah lot 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. Beside purnama, today also kliwon day. 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. Being an especially important day for both the positive and negative aspects of the world, Kliwon is an appropriate day for the hindus peoples in tanah lot to offer more to God, with their extra offerings given in prayer.
Tanah Lot villagers believe today is a propitious day when God descends to the earth and gives His blessing. Hindu people in tanah lot make special offering to the God in this holyday, give alms, reciting religious hymn, or set a pilgrimage to a remote temple, but for teenagers, the Tanah Lot Temple is one of destination. Tanah Lot villagers also believe that purnama is the best time for making good deeds or doing religious activities since the reward of them will be multiplied by 100.
On Kliwon the superstitious nature of the hindu people in tanah lot is much more evident, where it is believed that you should not pick any produce on this day, it being detrimental to the health of the plant as well as the consumer. Some of the offerings made in the house compound are small woven baskets filled with glutinous rice. These are then collected to make a delicious meal in the evening called tipat. The baskets are cut open and the steamed rice is diced and mixed with vegetables and peanut sauce and served up to the family.
Hindus balinese believe if you bathe in water containing fragrant frangipani flowers, under the light of the full moon, you will enjoy youthfullness and good health. At Tanah Lot Temple, there are so many balinese people doing praying from morning until nightime. They come from some area in Bali. Usually, if there are special day for hindus people like, purnama (full moon), tilem, buda wage, anggara kasih, saraswati, siwaratri, and other, there are many hindus people doing pray at Tanah Lot Temple.