This year in Bali, the month of August will be particularly busy in terms of commemorations. Three important anniversaries will be celebrated: Indonesia’s Independent Day on August 17th, Bali’s Anniversary on August 14th and finally Jembrana’s Anniversary on August 15th. A few days before the commemorative day, the government is used to organise several activities which are carried out from the village level up to the National level. On July 28th, the government in Pekutatan sub-district organised an exciting endurance race gathering all the elementary schools in Pekutatan, each school presenting two groups (Male and Female), each group consisting in 17 students. The committee of this event is looking for the best group (male and female) and the winner will participate in the same event at the regency level. Good luck guys!
In Balinese beliefs, each house must have at least one temple which acts as a shield against bad spirits and evils. Dajuma does not escape to this nice tradition: last wednesday our staff decided to organise a ceremony in honor of one of our temple “Penunggun Karang” located in front of the lobby. The ceremony must be held a specific day which name is Budha Kliwon Ugu, all Hindu people in Bali celebrating their temples the same day.
At the end of the ceremony they shared one of the offerings called “Rayunan”. This is a special offering that is made in a big basket which looks like a Balinese Rijsttafel.
From left to richt on the picture: Suarbawa (Housekeeping), Agus (Front desk), Padmi and Leli (Waitresses), Kadek (Priest & Manager), Punya (Security), Putu (Gardener) and, standing up, Gusalit (Assistant GM).
Located a few kilometers from Dajuma is the famous and holy Rambut Siwi Temple. A major religious ceremony coinciding with the full moon took place there for 5 days, from July 5th to 9th. It is regularly held every six months, the participants coming from all around Bali to pray and ask the Gods to always protect the island from all kinds of natural disasters. The next ceremony will be held from January 31st 2018 and you are most welcome to participate in.
On the picture is the main temple called “Pura Luhur Rambut Siwi”. “Luhur” means high, major. Usually, this temple is the last to be honoured after praying in other temples in Rambut Siwi Area.
All around Bali is the tradition of offerings called “canang” (pronounce “chanang”). Every day, in every place, private, public or professional, Balinese are used to dispose these small square baskets made from cut coconut leaves, filled with flowers accompanied by an assortment of gifts for the Gods and crowned by a single stick of incense. The “canang” has a strong meaning in Balinese beliefs: it is not only a gift of gratitude to the Gods but also a kind of self sacrifice, part-meditation and part-escape from the buzz of everyday life.
On the picture, family Klein from South Africa decided to share with our staff in sunset, a unique moment of meditation on the beach by offering to the Gods the offerings they prepared in the afternoon. Om santi santi santi om…
Finally, it is time for the holidays and many are the children of our clients who love to walk on the beach of Dajuma to discover the intense underwater life. In the photo the big sister initiates her little brother between two tides to the knowledge of these small crabs so fast in their movements. A good moment of discovery under the discreet supervision of the parents!