Do you know that Bali, which is the most visited island destination in Indonesia, also experiences the Galungan Festival, which is just like Christmas? If not, I am here to tell you about it. You must attend this strange festival at least once in your life. I have experienced this strange festival very well.
Bali’s Galungan Festival – Just like Christmas
Galungan, which is counted among the major festivals of Bali, is just like Christmas. On the occasion of the celebration of this amazing festival, the spirits of forefathers get back to earth to live with the members of their family. They get back for five days before the festival and do not set out for until 10 days after this strange festival. Before one month of this festival, the members of the families get very busy for making decorations, collecting incense and cooking rice cakes.
During the celebration of this festival, we stayed on the Lembongan Island earlier in the year. It was a coincidence for me. We could see all these activities occurring when we were making early morning walks through the village of the locality.
For the celebration of this strange festival, for creating a festive ambiance, people put the tall bamboo poles with ordinary decorations outside the entry gate of every house. Built by weaving coconut leaves into the bamboo, these poles, which are called Panjors, are decorated with flowers, cakes and fruits. On the occasion of the main day of the festival, everybody puts on the best clothes and jewelry and after this, all of them offer the shrine of their family the things of the offerings, which are made by them after having been busy for so long. After this, the shrines of the parents of the married women are visited by them (married women).
After this, in the day, everybody among them assembles in the streets for having the entertainment of the Barong – a mythical beast that saves them and the musicians that follow them. By attending this festival, everybody gets the experience similar to Christmas. He feels as if he is taking the enjoyment of the celebration of the grand festival of Christmas. If you also manage to attend this strange festival of Bali, you yourself can feel the charm of it. The people of the locality of Bali wait for the coming of this strange festival before some days very eagerly.
Thus, it can be rightly said that Bali’s Galungan Festival is just like Christmas. If you are also willing to attend this remarkable festival, you can Book Cheap and Best Bali Holiday Package with ARV Holidays, one of the leading tour and travel operators of India. Being affordable to the budget for all types of people, all of these tour packages can also be customized as per the requirement of the clients. I hope that after attending this charming festival in Bali, you would be very glad and it would be unforgettable till all the life long.