Kuningan Holy Day

Saniscara Kliwon Wuku Kuningan is a day on Bali Calendar system where the Balinese celebrate a holy day called Hari Raya Kuningan. On this day offerings is given for the ancestors, ask for prosperity, protection, salvation and guidance from Ida Sanghyang Widhi Wasa (Almighty God). One of the specialties in Kuningan day is ‘nasi kuning or yellow rice which is made specially for the offerings. This nasi kuning is a symbol of prosperity. Other articles for Kuningan ceremony are tamiang and endongan.

Tamiang is made from coconut leaves, its shaped rounded. It’s symbolized of a shield to protect oneself in a warfare. Tamiang also a symbol of  Dewata Nawa Sanga, nine sovereigns in the nine directions of the wind. It also symbol of Cakraning Manggilingan, spinning wheel of life. Meanwhile, as it’s like a bag, endongan symbolize of a provision bag, either for the ancestor and for the people to ply in the future life.

“Nowadays, people must protect them-self with self control, considering we live in plural community with many characters.” Said Dewa Nyoman Suardana, head of PHDI (Hindu Dharma Association of Indonesia) chapter Buleleng. “So human being is reminded to be aware  that we are fighting, particularly against the toughest opponent, the enemy within ourselves. According to Hindu teaching, there are 6 enemies inside of human being or Sad Ripu, which are kama (lust and desire), lobha (greedy), krodha (anger), moha (quandary), mada (drunken), matsarya (envious).” Dewa added.

Ceremony or worship is done from about 6 am and must be finish before noon as the energy of the universe (Panca Mahabutha) is on the best circumstances and also due to the ancestor and gods returned to heaven in the afternoon.

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