Special Day : Pagerwesi PDF Print E-mail

Active ImageThe first four of the new Pawukon cycle are special religious days and most Balinese people in the northern part of the island will celebrate it feverishly. The day is called Pagerwesi. This year's Pagerwesi Day falls on June 11, 2008.  Pagerwesi is a special day for Hindus. As usual, locals will put up "penjors" (a tall decorated bamboo - pole), an exciting sight that you can find when locals celebrate Galungan Day. They will also make special offerings for the uncremated dead bodies in the cemeteries. The offerings are usually placed at every house compound and temples.


The word Pagerwesi derived from two Javanese words, pager (fence) and wesi (iron). Pagerwesi literally means the day of "iron fence". According to their belief, one should surround oneself with a strong fortification against the forces of evil.  The Pagerwesi Day is believed to be a day upon which an ancient battle between good and evil is celebrated.  Based on Pakuwon, as other Balinese Hindu celebrations like temple anniversaries, Galungan & Kuningan day, Saraswati, otonan (Balinese birthday celebration), Pagerwesi Day falls twice a year.

 

Pagerwesi Day will be preceded by the celebration of Soma Ribek, which falls on Monday, June 9, 2008, during which time a series of ritual ceremonies are held. Following Soma Ribek celebration, Balinese Hindus will continue to celebrate Sabuh Emas Day, which falls on Tuesday, June 10, 2008 where colorful offerings are made and dedicated to the Lord of Jewelries, especially gold jewelries and Chinese coins.  Pagerwesi Day, which falls on June 11, 2008, will be the peak of the ritual ceremonies.