When you attend a Balinese ceremony you get the true essence of what Bali is all about.
It is about family.
The Balinese gather often to worship in such a way that the group is as one family. The children and elders are given the highest of respect and all are blessed as a unit. It is this coherence that will keep this culture alive and well.
Thank you Bali, for sharing this amazing gift with the world.
The Melasti processions take place today, three days prior to the Saka New Year (Nyepi). Participants walk along roads from temples to the coast, where purification rituals take place on the beaches.
Location: The beaches of Read More
What is Melasti day?
On 6 March 2016
Melasti is a Hindu Balinese purification ceremony and ritual, which according to Balinese calendar is held several days prior to the Nyepi holy day. It is observed by Hindus in Indonesia, especially in Bali. Melasti was meant as the ritual to cleanse the world from all the filth of sin and bad karma, through the symbolic act of acquiring the Tirta Amerta, “the water of life”.
Melasti ceremony is held on the edge of thebeach with the aim to purify oneself of all the bad things in the past and throw it to theocean. In Hindu belief, the source of water such as lake and sea water, are considered as the source of life = Tirta Amrita. In addition to performing prayers, during Melasti ceremony, all of sacred objects which belongs to atemple, such as pralingga or pratima of Lord Ida Sanghyang Widi Wasa, and all of sacred equipments, are being cleaned and purified.
FOR THE NEXT WEEK, PLAN AHEAD
This an intense period of ceremonial activities performed by Balinese Hindus. Some ‘disruptions’ (by Western standards) are inevitable. To the Balinese, they are not ‘disruptions’ at all, but an
integral part of Bali’s spiritual life. They are opportunities for contemplation, purification and celebration. Respect that, and consider these as an opportunity to further understand Balinese
culture. Plan ahead – and you will enjoy the coming week even more.
SUNDAY 6 MARCH 2016 – MELASTI PILGRIMAGES
The Melasti processions take place today, three days prior to the Saka New Year (Nyepi). Participants walk along roads from temples to Read More