Banjar Kaja, Sesetan Village, Denpasar
March 8th 2019

A hundred-year old ritual that originated from the Banjar Kaja Sesetan Village in Denpasar is also known as “The Kissing Ceremony” and is mainly held for youths of the village to express their joy for the first day of the new year. The procession, which involves unmarried youths between the age of 17 to 30, begins with mass prayer for safety before both groups take the position of facing each other on the main street of the village. Then, at the signal of a Hindu leader, both sides approach the center of the road. Male participants pull and kiss the female participants while other villagers pour buckets of water over them.

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