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June 2016 Highlights in Tanah Lot PDF Print E-mail

templeaJune 4th, Tumpek Wayang, also known as Tumpek Ringgit. It is a Kajeng Kaliwon and is of particular importance. Some areas of Bali use this day to make offerings to musical instruments and dance equipment. This day is also important for the shadow puppets, Wayang Kulit. Many families have inherited puppets from an ancestor who performed them, a dalang. All dalangs have full sets of puppets. The puppets are taken from the box, placed in a position just as if an actual performance were being given and blessed by the owner. A Dalang will remove all his puppets from storage, on average 100 of them, and set them all up to receive the offerings. It is considered very unlucky if a baby is born on this date, and if such an event occurred on this inopportune date, a special ceremony has to be performed in order to purify the child and protect it from harm.

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Soma Ribek and Sabuh Mas in Tanah Lot PDF Print E-mail

purnama6On Monday, Balinese in Tanah Lot celebrated Soma Ribek holiday. This holiday is dedicated to the food and prosperity. It symbolizes by the meaning of the word “Soma Ribek” that can be translated into “Full Monday” in English, Soma Ribek (Full Monday) signifies the abundant of blessing and prosperity given by the God.

On this holiday, Balinese in Tanah Lot present special offerings to Dewi Sri (Goddess of prosperity), the offering is placed on the granary, or rice container. There are also several taboos that are observed by some Balinese on this day such as no rice processing activities such as pounding the rice grain in the mortar to separate its husk is allowed, the only exception is cooking the rice.  Soma Ribek is a holiday in which Balinese show their gratitude on the blessing, providence and prosperity bestowed by God.

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