February 29, 2016

Banjar Kaja, Sesetan Village, Denpasar
10 March, 2016
A hundred-year old ritual that originated from the Banjar Kaja Sesetan Village in Denpasar, it is also known as “The Kissing Ceremony”, and is mainly held for youths of the village to express their joy on the first day of the new year. The procession begins with mass prayer for safety and involves unmarried youths aged 17 to 30 years old. Both groups take position 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 villager pour buckets of water over them.