Balinese celebrated the first Kuningan in 2021 on Saturday, April 24th. In this holy Kuningan Day it is said that Ida Sang Hyang Widhi (God) comes to earth to give his blessing to humans. It is technically the last day of the Galungan celebration. The Balinese also believe that Kuningan is the day when their ancestors return to heaven after visiting the earth during Galungan celebration. There are some typical decorations and offerings on this occasion such as nasi kuning or yellow rice, endongan, tamyang, and kolem. The offerings include yellowed rice (Kuningan is derived from the word kuning which means yellow) which is placed in a small “bowl” made of coconut leaves named “selanggi”. On Kuningan day you can see tamiang kolem, and endongan decorations hanging outside homes and temples. Tamiang means – because formed as a round – shield and represents protection, defense, and the cycle of the globe. It functions as a reminder to humans of karma and that they should protect themselves from bad behavior. Kolem as a symbol of resting place for Gods and ancestors ’spirits. Endongan means bag of provisions. It is made of coconut leaves and shaped like a bag or a pocket. The Balinese put different things like seeds, fruits, tuber inside the endongan. It also a symbol of food supply for the journey of the ancestors from earth to heaven. From a spiritual view, endongan represents the essential provisions that every human should carry-knowledge and homage. On the picture is Endongan made of young coconut leaves.
This week, on Wednesday, April 14th, 2021, Balinese celebrated Galungan. Many preparations are usually made for the festival, such as gracious penjors along the roads, specific food as well as offerings. Among them, “tape and jaje uli” are particularly appreciated by all Balinese. “Tape” is made of sticky rice (white or mixed of white and black sticky rice), and through the fermentation process it becomes a delicious dish. “Jaje uli” is also made of stickly rice but mixed with coconut grated. After steaming process it needs to be pounded before it is ready to serve. These two dishes are very delicious to serve together. Just try it next time you visit us!
On Saturday, April 3rd, 2021, the Indonesian Bartender Association organised at Anjungan Cerdas Rambut Siwi a contest of the best cocktail. 15 participants from local hotels were the competitors. One of our bar tenders, Erik, represented Puri Dajuma in that event. The challenge launched to the competitors was to create an original cocktail with only local ingredients including the famous arak Bali. Erik named his creation “Mebarung” and was the happy winner of the competition. On the picture, Erik is on the left. For sure this new cocktail will enrich our cocktails list and hopefully be appreciated by our guests. Congratulations dear Erik!
April 1st was a big day for our colleague Agus who was celebrating his marriage to Krismony. Agus is part of our housekeeping department for years. He has a reputation for being a great colleague, always cheerful, upbeat and ready to help when needed. He decided to invite all of Dajuma’s staff to his wedding to celebrate this moment so important in a lifetime.
Congratulations to the newlyweds and their families!