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Galungan and Kuningan 2023

The festival to honour the win of good over the evil


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Balinese people celebrate the win of dharma (good) over the adharma (evil) for ten days. The dates change because they are defined by the 210-day Pawukon calendar. The opening day is marked by the festival of Galungan, which celebrates deities descending to Earth, and the closing day is Kuningan, which symbolizes the deities ascending to the heavens again.

The temples and houses are decorated with colorful features and the tall bamboo poles called "penjor". The tallest penjors symbolize mountains which are considered the best places for prayes as they are close to the gods. Women bring fruits on the their heads in baskets to give their offerings which makes it a trully spectacular scene. The holiday is of the most importance and is more of a home festivity with true friends and close relatives getting together.

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