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TAWUR AGUNG KESANGA (Hindu Praying Ceremony) 27th March 2017 at Bali + Ogoh-ogoh Parade

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WHY BACKPACKER SHOULD VISIT THIS EVENT?

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

AWESOME RELIGION EVENT
You gonna see awesome religion event, rich in ceremonials of the praying and process.

UNIQUE PARADE
You gonna see of  Ogoh-ogoh statue as symbol of devil.
You also will see it will be paraded and burned.

EVENT THAT HELD IN EVERY VILLAGE IN BALI
This event held on the main crossroad.
The spiritual ceremony in Denpasar held on Puputan Badung park.

*) Featured image source : Robinson Gamar @ nasional.kompas.com

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*) Photo source : Cokorda Yudistira @ cdn.assets.print.kompas.com

DESCRIPTION:

Tawur Agung performed by the PHDI Bali to welcome Hindu Nyepi day (Hindu Empty & Quiet day to welcome “Saka” new year 1939). Tawur Agung held one day before Hindu Nyepi Day. The purification procession start from village, sub village, environment and houses and then burning the “Ogoh-ogoh” or Devil statue. On this ceremonial has meaning to purify the earth, balancing the nature, release devil character in human body such as ego, greedy, selfish, etc. Tawur Agung is intended to purify the negative elements of the universe so that Hindus can perform Nyepi Day.

WHEN?

HELD ON:
27 March 2017.

Morning – mid day : Tawur Agung Kesanga (Hindu praying ceremony)

Evening : Ogoh-ogoh parade and burning process (Devil statue parade)

WHERE IS IT?

LOCATION:
Every regency or city has own place as center of praying ceremony (Tawur Agung Kesanga).

Denpasar city : Puputan Badung park, Denpasar, Bali.
Tabanan regency : Catus Pata, Tabanan, Bali.
Buleleng regency : Catus Pata, Singaraja, Bali.
Klungkung regency : Catus Pata, Semarapura, Bali.
Badung regency : Catus Pata, Mengwi, Badung, Bali.
Jembrana regency : Catus Pata, Negara, Jembrana, Bali.
Gianyar regency : Catus Pata, Puri Gianyar, Bali.
Karangasem regency : Pura Besakih (temple), Karangasem , Bali.
Bangli regency : Catus Pata,…, Bali.

Catus Pata = Main crossroad.

Pendet dance:

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*) Photo source : baliportalnews.com

Holy water blessing:

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*) Photo source : baliekbis.com

AGENDA:

Tawur Agung Kesanga (Hindu praying ceremony):

Rejang Dewa dance, Pendet dance, Baris gede dance & Telek dance.
Massive praying ceremony.
Holy water distribution.
Blessing with holy water.

*) Holy water will distributed to sub-distric in one regency.

PANGREPUKAN (Ogoh-ogoh / Devil statue parade and burning process) :

Ogoh-ogoh / Devil statue parade.
Ogoh-ogoh / Devil statue burning process

Purify process at houses, environment, sub-village, village.
Praying at the main crossroad in the village.
Ogoh-ogoh statue parade and burning process.

*) Some Ogoh ogoh start the parade on 7.00 pm. Start burning Ogoh-ogoh on 9.00 pm. Better you arrive at Puputan Badung park before 7.00 pm. Otherwise, you can’t reach Puputan Badung park. I recommend you to take your scooter to get there.

**) After the show, you can back to your hotel by car or bike on 1.00 am.

***) Actually this spiritual ceremony held on in every village and sub village (banjar) in Bali. But, for Denpasar or the big event held in Puputan Badung Park, Denpasar.

TAWUR AGUNG 2016 CEREMONY VIDEO:

MAP:

*) It will be crowded and not possible for you to access the road because of Ogoh-ogoh parade. Your car can’t access the road a long Puputan Badung park. Better you take your scooter or bicycle from your hotel/stay to watch the parade.

**) On the mid day usually the shops already closed because they prepare for the ceremony. Better you buy your need in the morning.

***) Sometime it will be any disturbance during Ogoh-ogoh parade because the young people drink alcohol before the parade. They mocking when facing other Ogoh-ogoh from other sub village. But, the police and government already try to avoid this by released a policy to the shops for not selling alcohol near the day. Otherwise, it will be confiscated.

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