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OMED OMEDAN (Balinese Kissing Festival) 29th March 2017 in Sesetan Village

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WHY BACKPACKER SHOULD VISIT THIS EVENT?

ONCE A YEAR EVENT
This event was attended by thousands of people from all over the world.

AWESOME RELIGION EVENT
You gonna see awesome religion event, rich in ceremonials of the praying and process.
It’s cultural heritage festival.

UNIQUE EVENT
You gonna see young people hugging each other.
Sometime they will kissing or just cheek meet cheek.

EVENT THAT HELD IN ONE SUB-VILLAGE ONLY
This event held in Banjar Kaja only.
You won’t found it in other village in Bali.

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DESCRIPTION:

Omed omedan kissing festival is a heritage culture in one sub-village in Bali. It start since 18th century. At the first, it designed to celebrate after the ‘day of silence‘ and to make good relation between unmarried youth in Banjar Kaja, Sesetan.

The meaning of Omed-omedan is pulling to each other. It doesn’t mean kissing. But, today it’s define as kissing because of publishing by local and international media. In fact some of local youth understand as kissing. But, kissing is not always happened because the girls sometime don’t want to be kissed. They just cover the face. So, sometime it just hugging or just cheek meet cheek.

The ritual begins with the youths praying together to wish the safety of the ceremony it self. After praying, the unmarried men and women separated. The groups facing each other on the main street. The signal of a Hindu leader start both sides approaching to each other. Male participants pull, huge and kiss the female participants while other villagers security (pecalang) pour buckets of water over them.

This ceremony started since hundred years ago. It claimed and believed to avoid disaster in their sub village. This tradition become the most unique festival in Bali. It just held in one sub-village only, Banjar Kaja, Sesetan, Denpasar.

Barong Bangkung dance opening the festival:

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WHEN?

HELD ON:
29th March 2017.

*) Start the festival on 3.00 pm. But, there will be live music before the festival.

WHERE IS IT?

LOCATION:
Village (Desa): Banjar Kaja, Sesetan.
Sub-district (Kecamatan): Denpasar Selatan
City (Kotamadya): Denpasar
Province (Provinsi): Bali

MAP:

AGENDA:

Sequence ceremony:

Hindu praying ceremony in the temple.
Barong Bangkung dance show.
Preparation, unmarried youth separated in two groups, male & female.
Omed-omedan.

WATCH OMED-OMEDAN FESTIVAL FROM VIDEO:

*) You need to bring waterproof case for your smartphone. Otherwise, it will be wet because the crew will splashing the water to everywhere.

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2 thoughts on “OMED OMEDAN (Balinese Kissing Festival) 29th March 2017 in Sesetan Village

  1. Wakhid Edy

    such a nice culture! and it also occur only at a specific place in a specific day, so it is very special!

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