3 August 2019

Kuningan marks the end of the week-long Galungan celebrations. The word Kuningan is derived from the word “kuning”, which means yellow. The Balinese believe that on this day, their ancestors return to heaven after visiting earth for the Galungan celebrations. As a symbol of gratitude, they make offerings of yellow rice placed in bowls made of coconut leaves. The bowls are decorated with figures of shadow puppets, which represent angels that bring joy and wealth to earth. In some villages, Barongs, which are believed to bring good luck, can be seen going from house-to-house followed by children playing traditional Balinese musical instruments. If you happen to see a Barong on the street, you could give a small donation and the children will happily put on a performance for you.

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