Galungan and Kuningan

Galungan and Kuningan are very important dates on the 6 monthly Hindu calendar, ceremonies that essentially signify the triumph of good over evil. Galungan is when the spirits come to the earth to visit and Kuningan is when they return. Galungan and Kuningan celebrations and ceremonies have just finished in Bali but it has taken me a few days to write this blog. I have been uuumming and aaahhing about how to write about my experience – I was invited this year to attend the ceremonies by my gorgeous friends Wayan and her husband Nyoman. We went to their village called Desa Tista which is high in the mountains of Karangasem. I was telling my niece the story when she saw the photos and said ‘ I just want to see the pictures, you don’t need to talk’. Now possibly I was talking too much (who me?!) about how incredible the experience was except I think she was onto something…so here’s my version of Galungan and Kuningan as told in photos.

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Family Temple

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The beautiful hand made family penjor that line the streets during Galungan
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Those baskets are not light! They are full of these types of offerings
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Pak Nyoman and Ibu Wayan – the cutest couple I know!
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Temples at the family home
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The village comes together for prayer and offerings.
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It was such a beautiful experience, watching their family all together, waiting their turn for prayer and blessings.
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Cake – I ate chocolate cakes, purple cassava cakes, cakes with jam centres, cakes with fruit…and it was good!
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The quiet wraps you up in its arms… I’m rarely lost for words. I was here. I cried.
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For many, this was the 5th or 6th temple they had visited for the morning – all carrying baskets on their heads. Smiling and laughing and looking gorgeous in their traditional clothing
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I thought with my long dark hair and wearing a kebaya that I might blend in. My height may have gone against me!
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The second set of very steep steps to the main temple
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The third set of steps – the steepest steps I have ever walked. Which was lucky because I lost
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This is the main entry gate at Pura Luhur Lempuyang Temple. The beauty and the view are beyond words. I cried. Again. Pura Luhur Lempuyang Temple – one of the oldest and most respected temples. The main temple is 1175m above sea level and you get there by walking all 1700 steps. For me, this experience was life changing and I feel grateful and fortunate to have been a part of the day. Pak Nyoman and Ibu Wayan invited me to their home and into their lives – they will be in my heart forever. Thank you so much my dear friends xx
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Pura Luhur Lempuyang Temple – one of the oldest and most respected temples. The main temple is 1175m above sea level and you get there by walking all 1700 steps. For me, this experience was life changing and I feel grateful and fortunate to have been a part of the day. Pak Nyoman and Ibu Wayan invited me to their home and into their lives – they will be in my heart forever. Thank you so much my dear friends xx

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