18 February 2020

As Galungan –
also known as the Balinese New Year – approaches, the Balinese are kept busy
with a string of events and ceremonies that take place before the big day. Penampahan,
which means “slaughter” in Balinese is the final day of preparations before the
actual Galungan day (see below) where adults are kept extremely busy with last
minute preparations, offerings and the slaughtering of pigs and chickens, which
are later used in traditional Balinese dishes such as lawar, babi guling and
satay. Children usually look forward to this day, as the atmosphere in every
home is similar to that of a big family party.

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