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The Uniqueness of Balinese Culture ~ Part 3 to 5

1. The Ngusaba Bukakak Tradition in Sangsit

A unique culture and tradition on the island of Bali which is only held in Sangsit Village, Sawan District, Kab. Buleleng in North Bali, which coincides on Purnama sasih Kedasa, about 2 weeks after Nyepi in April. Because consideration of the cost of the Bukakak Ngusaba tradition is held every two years. This procession was held to express the gratitude of the people to the fertility goddess for all the abundant agricultural products and soil fertility. Sangsit Village indeed has a fairly extensive agricultural area and also loose and fertile land. Bukakak comes from the word "Bu" or Ox which symbolizes the god Shiva and "Brother" or the crow symbolizing the god Vishnu. Bukakak also has to do with pigs that only mature the breast. This Ngusaba begins with the Melasti ceremony, then makes 3 pieces of dangsil at the peak of the event carrying the bukakak around the rice field area.

2. War on The Ship

On the island of Bali, you can only find Ketupat War in the village of Kapal, Kec. Mengwi, Kab. Badung This unique culture and tradition in Bali is held in a series of Aci Rah Pengangon ceremonies once a year, namely on the full moon (full month) of Sapat Kapat or around September - October. The name is also the war of the diamond, the residents use the diamond to fight, they are divided into two groups then throw each other and attack each other between groups. The Ketupat War only involved men who were wearing traditional Balinese clothes, but without clothes, once there was a signal to start the war, they also began to attack and throw each other in the temple area, then spread out of the temple to the highway so more freely, there are no specific rules, they are free to attack the opposing camp. But finally, peace without hostility. A culture and tradition that is also closely related to social messages.

3. The Ngerebeg Tradition in Tegalalang

Not only famous for the beauty of terraced rice terraces or terracing attractions which are mandatory tourist destinations and tour destinations on the island of Bali, Tegalalang in Gianyar Regency also has a unique culture and tradition called Ngerebeg. This tradition involves only boys, even from toddlers to adults who are members of the Truna (youth organization) in the village. What's interesting is that each participant is made up with a scary and scary face with colours chosen by the participant. The spooky makeup is to represent the vague form of wong (spirits) that often irritate children. The holding of Ngerebeg's culture and traditions aims to provide a place for vague people, as well as offerings, so they can live side by side with humans and not interfere with each other. Even this tradition is routinely held by 7 banjars in the village of Pekraman Tegalalang, in a series of pujawali held at Pura Duur Bingin.

4. The Mebuug-Buugan Tradition in Kedonganan

A unique tradition on the island of Bali which is held once a year precisely every day Ngembak Geni (the day after the Nyepi celebration), this tradition is actually a cultural heritage of ancestors, but it was a long vacuum, but the last few years the Mebuug-buugan tradition was held again, the location itself is in the Mangrove forest swamp area of ​​Kedonganan village, Kuta District, Badung Regency, Bali. When this tradition takes place, participants will smear their bodies with mud, especially if it is located in a muddy swamp area in the village, after everyone is satisfied taking a mud bath, they go to Kedonganan beach to clean themselves. The purpose of this tradition is held to have symbolic meaning as a form of cleaning oneself or the body from negative influences which after being covered in mud will be cleaned again on the beach.

5. Ogoh-Ogoh Parade

The ogoh-ogoh parade tradition in Bali was held just the day before Nyepi, around 6-6.30 pm ogoh-ogoh began paraded around villages or cities, most of the Hindus on the island of Bali held the ogoh-ogoh parade, this they did because it is related to religious rituals. Ogoh-ogoh is a giant puppet that is a symbol of Bhuta Kala, made with a creepy form or a symbol of evil, the most dominant form of creepy giant, animal or even the appearance of a villain. The ogoh-ogoh parade procession is still in the series of Nyepi Day celebrations, after previously Tawur Kesanga paid wages to Bhuta Kala, then the evening was driven out and paraded around in a parade, so as not to disturb human life again, especially the next day when carrying out the feast Nyepi If you have a tour at that time, try not to arrive in the afternoon, because many roads are closed.

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