For Hinduism, Ngaben is the ceremony of cremation. The purpose of this important event is to cleanse the soul (atma) in the preparation for the passage from the Real World to the Unreal or Intangible World. This event takes place in the cemetery.
The date of Piodalan generally comes at every 210 days. However there are some specific piodalans celebrated at every one year and at every five years called Panca Walikrama. Eka Dasa Ludra is another piodalan conducted at every one hundred years. In each Piodalan day, Balinese people especially Hindus go to the temples to pray by completing the traditional clothing, carrying elaborate offerings and accompanied by musical instruments. The reason of these is to ask for forgiveness, salvation and happiness.
This is the most important festival holiday in the Hindu cycle. Galungan is celebrated at every 210 days, and symbolizes the victory of the struggle between the forces of Dharma and Adharma.
The people construct penjor, the elaborate decorations made of bamboo, coconuts, fruit, and flowers, and place them on the right side of their entranceways
This holiday takes place ten days after Galungan, bringing the holiday period to a closing time. On this day, special ritual ceremony is held for the Ancestral spirits.
Nyepi is the first day of the Balinese New Year. It is a day of meditation, when all the Balinese people stop their activities and daily routines. People are not supposed to be at work on this day; they remain in their homes, build no fires and spend a quiet day in preparation for the year ahead.
This feast day is one which honors the manifestation of the Creator in the form of the Goddess Saraswati. She represents Knowledge and Wisdom. On this day, all books are blessed and sacred manuscripts including the Weda are blessed and offerings are made to ensure the continuation of learning.
The name of Pagerwesi literally means "iron fence" on which day ceremonies and prayers are held for strong mental and spiritual defence in welcoming the Galungan holiday.
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