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The Uniqueness of Balinese Culture ~ Part 5 to 5



1. Mass Marriage in Pengotan


This tradition is indeed unique, although in this tradition only rituals or ceremonies are performed simultaneously or concurrently, of course, it becomes one of the different cultures or traditions compared to wedding ceremonies on the island of Bali, and this will be a unique sight for those who witness it. Mass Nganten (Marriage) culture and traditions can be found in Pengotan - Bangli village, this village is also one of the Bali Aga Villages (Ancient Balinese villages) which certainly has a unique cultural heritage, such as the Mass Marriage Tradition which is held twice a year ie every sasih Kapat (August - September) and Kedasa (March - April). The ceremony does not only apply to men but also to women who marry outside the village of Pengotan. Traditional Balinese fisheries in the village of Pengotan, become a unique culture and tradition that can only be found in Bangli.



2. Water War Traditions in Gianyar


This tradition is also known as Siat Yeh, which is held once a year precisely when the new year begins on January 1 in the village of Suwat Gianyar. This is a unique and different culture and tradition, especially on the day of celebration, very rarely the ritual on the island of Bali using the Christian calendar as a benchmark. The purpose of the holding of the Water War Tradition in Gianyar is as a form of self-cleaning from negative things that have happened in the previous year so that in the new year is expected not to befall residents again. According to the residents of Suwat at the beginning of the new year, they must clean up the surrounding environment and themselves so that the negative influences that exist in the surrounding environment or within ourselves can be immediately destroyed.



3. The Victory Ngedeblag Tradition


The unique tradition on the next island of Bali is Ngedeblag in Kemenuh Gianyar, from its name feels quite foreign to residents outside the Kemenuh village, Gianyar. Ngedeblag is a routine procession that is held once every 6 months (Balinese calendar) precisely on the Kajeng Kliwon day, during the transition of the Fifth sasih (month 5) to sasih Kanem (month 6) in the Balinese calendar or around September - December the Islamic calendar. The tide (participants) of the tide men use the Kamben (cloth) which is coated with a handkerchief without using clothes, they are also made to be as scary as possible, with colourful watercolours, and a smear of prestige on the forehead. The purpose of the Ngedeblag tradition is to clean the great bhuana (universe) and bhuana alit (human beings) so that the Kemenuh village is protected from all disasters.



4. The Megebeg-Gebegan tradition


This unique tradition relates to Hindu religious rituals which are held once a year in the Pata Agung regency (intersection) of Pekraman Dharma Jati Village, Tukad Mungga, Buleleng. Which when the tradition is held the Sekee Teruna (village youth) will fight over the head godel (calf's head) which is the main means when holding offerings (offerings) during the mecaru ritual which coincides on Pengrupukan day (the day before Nyepi). The calf is skinned leaving the skin of the river and the head of Godel as a means of ceremonies known as "shadows" and as symbolic bhuta kala which will be fought over by village youth. Bali Island does have many unique cultures and traditions, not even everyone knows.31. The Siat Yeh Jimbaran Tradition


A unique culture and tradition in the village of Jimbaran has become a routine ritual activity that is held once a year, namely on the feast of Ngembak Geni (the day after Nyepi), the participants of the Banjar Teba youths. The Siat Yeh (water war) tradition is said to be the Great Archipelago, beginning with the ascension of tirta (holy water) in two different sources of water, namely in the East (Suwung beach / rawah) and the West coast (Segara beach), two sources the spring will later become the main component in the Siat Yeh Tradition. The rise of tourism development of the two water sources that were once united is no longer now, so now it is done symbolically in the form of ritual.


Such is the variety of ancestral cultural heritage in the form of unique traditions which are the ancient Balinese heritage of the past and traditional customs or things that are still maintained and thriving on the island of Bali today, and become an asset of the archipelago-Indonesia earth culture. Besides, there are still some other unique traditions that will continue to update the information. Some of them are unique treats and attractions for tourists, so that traditions that still carry the habits of the past, add to the attractiveness of this island of Bali as a tourist destination.



5. Nywang tradition


This tradition is held in the village of Banjar, District of Banjar, Buleleng Regency. Nyakan Diwang means cooking outside the home, so when this tradition takes place the Banjar villagers will cook outside their homes or on the roadside. A unique tradition that has been held for generations and still survives until now. The Nyakan Diwang tradition in Buleleng is held early in the morning during the Nyepi celebration, usually Nyepi only opens at 6:00 pm, but in the village of Banjar, it opens early at 3:00 a.m. in the morning, so that the highways in this area are still empty and there are no passing vehicles passing, and the people start to leave the house and begin to cook with traditional tools. The purpose of this tradition is to purify the home and kitchen environment and this tradition is a manifestation of the culture of equalizing braya or establishing brotherly relations among people, and also as an expression of gratitude after chess of Brata Penyepian.

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