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The Uniqueness of Balinese Culture ~ Part 4 to 5

1. Nyepi Day

Who is not familiar with the celebration of Nyepi Day on the island of Bali, this holiday is held once a year to welcome the new year of Isaka, which falls in the month of death (Tilem) sasih Kesanga. A welcome new year that is different, namely with silence, calmness, quiet and lonely, that is why all residents during the Nyepi day may not travel, light fires, make noise or have fun. Including public facilities are also closed except for hospitals. The purpose of this celebration is to be able to introspect yourself or mulat sarira and to reflect in a quiet atmosphere can concentrate more optimally, a day of staying at home and praying to do brata and meditation, so that later can start a better life the following month at sasih Kedasa, all kedas, clean and holy to start a new life again. This culture and tradition is one of the unique things for those who vacation in Bali.

2. Ngaben Ceremony in Bali

The majority of Hindus on the island of Bali perform Ngaben ceremonies when people die, although some do not carry out Ngaben ceremonies such as the residents of Bali Aga, for example, the villages of Tenganan and Trunyan. During the Ngaben ceremony, the body or body of the deceased can be buried first or directly cremated. Ngaben ceremony is held is a form of human service and sacred obligation to the ancestors or people who have died. The purpose of the Ngaben ceremony is to restore the Panca Maha Bhuta element from the rough body of the human being to its origin and the subtle body (atma) which has left more quickly gets purification and returns to His side. The procedures for implementing Ngaben are not always the same according to the situation, condition and place where the Ngaben takes place, but most importantly the essence or purpose is the same because Hinduism is not only in Bali but spread in the Indonesian archipelago. This unique culture and tradition is one of the tourist attractions for tourists who are on holiday in Bali.

3. Gerumbungan Cow in Buleleng

Culture and Tradition unique in the North Bali region is competing a pair of cows on the neck with a big bell called "Gerumbungan" then the cows are decorated with various accessories to make it look dashing and beautiful, on the two cows' necks they are intertwined with a crossbar called "uga "Then in the middle of a 3 meter long transverse wood for a coachman or jockey to control the cow. The ones chosen are the bulls and even the muscular ones. The criteria for selecting winners and judging are not based on speed, judgments based on harmony of motion such as uniform footwork, cow's tail curving upward and cow's head looking up. As a cultural heritage to be preserved, the Gerumbungan cow is held every district anniversary. Buleleng in August. Tourist attractions on the island of Bali can be interesting tourist entertainment.

4. The Talking Tradition

The word "gibbering" comes from the word "ngereh" and "baung" so that it becomes gabong, combining these two words also means akasa pertiwi or top-down. During the procession of the Ngerebong Kesiman villagers, Denpasar gathered at Pengrebongan Temple, Denpasar Kesiman Village, paraded Barong and Rangda as symbols or fathers Ida Bhatara circled the wantilan three times accompanied by gamelan baleganjur. When travelling around there are many people who are distressed or trans, there are people who hatch, scream, dance and some cry, they also do dangerous scenes asking for a dagger to be embedded in the body, neck or head, but strangely none of them are injured, those who are kera all of which are invulnerable to immunity. This unique tradition on the island of Bali is held once every 6 months on Sundays, Pon Wuku Medangsia or 8 days after Kuningan. The culture and traditions of this heritage are indeed very unique, it can become a tourist attraction that is in demand for those who are on holiday in Bali.

5. Tradition of Mesraman Gods in Klungkung

This unique tradition on the island of Bali originally originated from the village of Karangasem Timrah Panti, because a number of the inhabitants settled in Paksebali, Klungkung they still carry their native culture and traditions, so the Mesraman God must be held every Saniscara Kliwon wuku Kuningan or to coincide with the Hari Raya Kuningan, This unique tradition is also a series of rituals in Pujawali or piodalan in Panti Timbrah Temple which is located in Banjar Timbrah, the traditional village of Paksebali, Kec. Dawan, Klungkung. The God of Mesraman, from the philosophy of the word Mesraman comes from "intimate" which means having fun physically and mentally. In this tradition, Jempana, which is a stana of Ida Bhatara, is carried and paraded, chasing and crashing into one another, as if a war of jempana occurs, a burst of excitement can be seen among the masters. A tradition and cultural heritage of ancestors that are maintained until today.

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