Kuningan

Kuningan day  is celebrated every 210 days, ten days after Galungan.

The Balinese believe that Kuningan day is the day when their ancestors return to heaven after visiting the earth during Galungan celebration. They make offerings to be given to the ancestors on their farewell day. The offerings include yellowed rice (Kuningan is derived from the word kuning which means yellow) which is placed in a small “bowl” made of coconut leaves. Other common offerings are seeds, fish and fruit like papaya, banana and cucumber. The yellow rice is the symbol of human’s gratitude towards God for all the life, joy, wealth, health and prosperity given. The bowls are decorated with a small figures of shadow puppets which represents angels that bring joy and wealth to earth.

On Kuningan day you can see  tamiang and endongan  decorations hanging outside homes and temples.

Kuningan
Our House Temple on Kuningan Day

Tamiang means  shield is formed as a round and represents protection, defense, and the cycle of the globe. It functions as a reminder to humans of karma and that they should protect themselves from bad behavior.

Endongan means bag of provisions. It is made of coconut leaves and shaped like a bag or a pocket. The Balinese put different things like seeds, fruits, tuber inside the endongan. People see it is a symbol of food supply for the journey of the ancestors from earth to heaven.

 

 

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