We wish you a Happy Easter !!
Celebrating Easter in Bali might sound a little strange since the island’s population is mostly Hindu.
Yet, the Balinese have always been renowned for their religious tolerance toward people of other faiths.
For centuries, the Balinese Hindu population has lived side by side with Muslim and Christian. Therefore, when their Christian brothers/sisters as they called them, observe their religious holidays like Christmas and Easter, the Balinese also warmly welcome them.
We celebrated yesterday the Galungan Day in Bali, a Hinduism ceremony for honoring Goodness. It is a balinese celebration which lasts few days and starts three days before by the preparation of gifts. For this occasion Balinese people cook with bananas, they decorate street with “penjor” kind of bamboos poles as in the picture. But also they cook fried rice cakes called “jaja” for giving all to people they care about. Thanks to Galungan Day, Balinese people can meet each other and visit their family, pray together. After 10 days, they must pay tribute to all forebears and spirits, show their goodness by gifts and family reunion.