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Galungan and Kuningan – A Sacred Balinese Celebration

Galungan & Kuningan

Galungan is a sacred Balinese event which celebrates the victory of dharma over adharma – essentially the victory of good over evil. 

It is a celebration when ancestral spirits of deceased relatives visit the Earth and after a ten-day celebration – the ceremony is closed on a day called Kuningan – the day on which our ancestral spirits ascend back to the spirit world. 

This honouring of our ancestors, gods and deities is what makes the Balinese culture so unique and special. Many rituals are performed and offerings are given to welcome their ancestors. 


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