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.
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