Special Day : Tilem Katiga in Tanah Lot PDF Print E-mail

Active ImageToday is day of a new moon or hindus people called "Tilem". 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 and their shop in Tanah Lot area. The towering 'sesajen' offerings are also often taken to the village temple. New moon for this time called  "Tilem Katiga" (third) according to balinese calendar.  Some people believe that to bathe in water perfumed by the fragrant petals of the frangipani flower under the light of the full moon will wash away your sins, while ensuring that you will remain youthfully attractive. 

Some people believe that to bathe in water perfumed by the fragrant petals of the frangipani flower under the light of the full moon will wash away your sins, while ensuring that you will remain youthfully attractive. Very often an 'odalan' (anniversary ceremony) at a village temple that includes a day that happens to correspond with Tilem falling on the same day as 'kajeng kliwon' will see them organizing a performance of 'Calonarang', depicting a struggle between the powers of the Barong and Rangda, an exorcism of the village to ensure the continuance of harmony and balance.

Many temple anniversaries will be held on the full moon of Katiga, besides there also many rites of passage especially wedding ceremony takes place this month. With its soothing rains and blooming flowers, the beauty of Katiga is immortalized by many Balinese traditional poets in Kakawin or Geguritan (a kind of traditional poem). At Tanah Lot Temple now, many villager bring some offerings to the temple, to their booth or art shop which exist in Tanah Lot area.