Purnama And Tilem

August 31, 2017

Purnama and Tilem

5th and 20th September

Purnama means full moon. It is a propitious day as the Gods descend to earth to give their blessings. On this sacred day, hundreds of ceremonies are held in all corners of the island to satisfy and honor the Gods with offerings such as food, fruit and flowers. The Balinese themselves are then blessed by performing various rituals using holy water, incense smoke, petals and rice grains. Tilem means the day of the new moon. It is connected and inseparable to the full moon although it is related to darkness and celebrated on a New Moon Day where the moon is not visible. Prayers are also offered to invoke self-purification, blessings and prosperity.

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