Traveling in Bali is wonderful. Besides the many sightseeings like nature and the temples, the Balinese culture itself is also worth exploring. At Sahaja on April 5th, 2017, local Balinese surrounding were celebrated their culture festive, Galungan Day.

Galungan is the biggest cultural ceremony here in Bali. Celebrated every 6-months according to the Hindu Balinese Saka Calendar, Galungan symbolizes the victory of Dharma over Adharma, Deva over Rakshasa, positivity over negativity, or virtue over evil inside human-itself. Galungan which is come from word “Gelungan” or “Crown of Victory” that has meaning when the human can overcome their bad qualities (angry, lust, greed, envy, etc) with their good qualities (wisdom, bravery, forgiveness, gratitude, etc) then they will feel victory inside their self.

It is believed that during the ten days of Galungan, all the gods, as well as the supreme deity Ida Sang Hyang Widi, will come down to earth and join the festivities. The Balinese also believe that the spirit of their ancestors and deceased relatives return to visit their homes, and for this reason, the various rituals and offerings are given to welcome them. Many people who worked and lived in the cities will go back to their family home in the village to meet each other.

Mainly Galungan consists of the three-day celebration, which is: Penampahan, Galungan Day and Manis Galungan.


Three days before Galungan, people celebrate penampahan. All Balinese believe that Bhuta or “negative energy” will surround a village and will go down to tease human mind. There are three different Bhuta for each day. First days is Bhuta Galungan which is arrogance, second is Bhuta Dungulan which is egoistic and the third is Bhuta Amangkurat which is lust & greed. This is why when the human can pass this three test, they shall celebrate Galungan or Crown of Victory.

Galungan Day in Bali

In penampahan, villagers will slaughter pigs and also make tall bamboo poles called “penjor” – that are decorated with fruit, coconut leaves, and flowers, and set up at the entrance of every home.

Penjor itself, is the symbolize of Vasuki or Ananta-Boga Dragon, which is the symbol of prosperity and infinite foods.

Galungan Day

In Galungan day, all the people will pray to the temple attending Hindu ceremonies with their families as their expression of grateful to the God and to nature. Balinese will wear traditional clothes & kamen (sarong), which mans will use white shirt & band, while women will use various colorful of kebaya.

bali ceremony

Villagers will pray to the main temple first. Each village has three main temple, which is for worship three main Gods, Brahma-Vishnu-Shiva (Creation-Maintain-Recycle). And then after that, people will go to their own families or clan temple to pray to their ancestors. The different clan has the different temple. A full day of Galungan, villagers will spend their time for pray, ceremonies, and offerings to nature.

Manis Galungan

Celebrate next day after galungan. “Manis” means sweet. Manis Galungan is the day where people enjoy the atmosphere after-pray Galungan day. Villagers will visit their relatives, neighbors, work-partners and so others, to meet, chill out and share their food. Even, people will exchange and taste their each others food.

Here at sahaja sawah resort, you can visit and look some locals family in the village and taste every food their make. Locals here are really warm and opened. It’s so amazing how happy every family makes their own food & cakes. Ahh, go empty and now our belly is really full. This is why we don’t want to miss this every 6-month celebration, especially the foods. Best experience that everyone wants to join in.

So, want full guiding to Galungan day?, learn and see how Balinese culture going on?, be prepare and book us for the next 6-month celebration, at October 31, 2017.

fruit offerings in Bali