From cultural parades to festivals and religious holidays, Bali always has a reason for celebration. On Thursday, 8 June 2022, the local community of Banjar Bayad, Melinggih Kelod Village assembled at Pura Dalem Jemeng, one of the local temples, to hold a religious ceremony to commemorate Galungan Day which occurs once every 210 days in the Balinese calendar. The men wore all-white shirts and layered cloths, named Kamen, a Balinese traditional garment, as the first layer and various colored Saput as the second layer while the women wore their Kebaya, the traditional women’s blouses and sarongs.
In the late afternoon, the ceremony began. The Pemangku, a Balinese priest, and the leader of the ceremony began the solemn prayers to wish for the victory of Dharma, representing kindness, against the evil Adharma. The local young generation then carried the Barong, a panther-like creature, around the Banjar followed by those who had attended the ceremony. According to the Balinese people, the Barong is a victory symbol of goodness aligned with prayer on Galungan Day. To conclude the ceremony, they returned to the temple for one more prayer.
Galungan is a special celebration, along with other celebrations in Bali such as Nyepi, Kuningan, Saraswati, and Pagerwesi. A day before Galungan Day, the people of Banjar Bayad held the Penampahan Galungan ceremony. Penampahan Galungan is believed to be the day of the descent of the most violent Sang Kala Tiga, named Sang Bhuta Amangkurat. Balinese people sacrifice pigs as a symbol of killing the animalistic lust in humans and the pork is also used for ceremonial purposes. The day after Galungan Day, the Umanis ceremony provided the closing of the series of Galungan Day ceremonies. (Ikhsan)