|Special Day : Tumpek Wariga in Tanah Lot|
Tumpek Wariga is the day when a blessing ceremony is given to the plants, the ceremony held at every plantation and farm throughout the island. Tumpek Wariga is celebrated every 210 days or 6 months of the Balinese calendar. Tumpek Wariga or devoted to Sanghyang Sangkara, Lord of all food – plants when blessing ceremony is given to them for good crops and products, held at every plantation and farm throughout the island.
Tumpek Wariga is celebrated every 210 days or 6 months of the Balinese calendar. It’s a right time to beg the God to give His grace so the vegetation can provide a lot of crops. Tumpek Wariga is also called Tumpek Bubuh, because the offerings contain bubuh (porridge) such as bubuh sumsum (porridge made using refined flour). In committing the ceremony, the bubuh is smeared on the tree bark as a symbol of fertilizers (the proper food for vegetation).
On this special day, the plants in Tanah Lot are given special attention, especially the plants that help human life, such as rice, coconuts, mangoes, durian, bananas, etc, not just by presenting an offering, plants are also decorated with clothes and special decoration made from coconut leaf. Plants are seen as human relatives, as they are also part of God’s family. This is the time for expressing gratitude to plants.
In this ritual Tanah Lot people inform the trees that Galungan (Christmas a la Tanah Lot people) holiday will soon arrive and to celebrate the Galungan holiday many fruits and other and rice will be needed to make offerings which are going to be presented to the God and ancestors in this holiday and Tanah Lot people ask the trees and other plants to produce plenty of fruits and rice to fulfill the demand on this resources.
The instruction also serves as a sign that the Galungan series of ceremonies has begun and for the next 35 days Tanah Lot people will be busy with a series of various ceremonies which will reach its peak on Galungan holiday (25 days after Tumpek Pengarah) and end up on Kuningan holiday (35 days after Tumpek Pengarah).