April 02, 2018

Purnama & Tilem

15 & 30 April 2018

Purnama falls on the 30th of this month and 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 honour the Gods with offerings such as food, fruit and flowers. You’ll be able to see the Balinese people wearing beautiful white traditional clothing as they head towards various temples for the day’s ceremonies. The Balinese themselves are then blessed by performing various rituals using holy water, incense smoke, petals and rice grains. Tilem, which falls on the 15th of the month 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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