30 May – 9 June 2018
Galungan symbolises the victory of virtue (dharma) over evil (adharma), whilst honouring the creator of the universe (Ida Sang Hyang Widi) and the spirits of ancestors. Since no records have been found which mention Galungan, its origins still remain a mystery. Nevertheless, this is the most important annual feast for Balinese Hindus. The holiday is symbolised by the fitting of tall bamboo poles called ‘penjor’ on the right side of the entrance to every house, splendidly decorated with woven young coconut leaves, fruit, cakes and flowers. At each gate you will also find small bamboo altars, each one bearing woven palm-leaf offerings for the spirits. People are attired in their finest clothes and jewels on the first day of Galungan. The festivities go on for ten days, ending with Kuningan, bringing the holiday period to am close with a special, ritualistic ceremony, held for the ancestral spirits as they ascend back to heaven.