Kuningan, the end of Galungan
Exactly ten days after Galungan, Balinese Hindus are celebrating Kuningan Day – the day when their ancestral spirits return to heaven after visiting the living family during Galungan celebration. During this Balinese ceremony, eople pray and make offerings for the ancestors as a sign of farewell by using yellowed rice, hence the name of the ceremony. That yellowed rice along with fruits and foods, placed in decorated plate, also symbolizes manifestation of people’s gratitude towards God.
Kuningan, derived from the word ‘kuning’ or yellow, is not only associated as a ceremony of gratefulness; but, it is also celebrated as a day when Ida Sang Hyang Widhi, the God in Balinese culture, showers people with blessing of joy and prosperity. This ceremony is usually celebrated during the noon, before the gods and goddess as well as ancestors ascend back to heaven.
Galungan and Kuningan are a series of ceremonies conducted every 210 days of Balinese calendar. This series of events is often celebrated as one of the Balinese’ biggest ceremony.
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